The September monthly lunch meeting of Stone Probus was held at the Upper House Barlaston on 2nd September. After lunch, members of Stone Probus were given a very interesting talk on the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF), which is based at RAF Coningsby, by Julian Maslin who is one of the very knowledgeable Battlefield Tour Guides. The Flight’s fleet consists of ten World War Two aircraft; six Spitfires and two Hurricanes along with an Avro Lancaster Bomber and a C-47 Dakota, all preserved in flying condition.
Julian gave some history about the aircraft, the aircrews and ground crews and the enormous sacrifice made by so many brave young people during WWII. RAF BBMF, from its inception in 1957, exists to commemorate those have given their lives and Julian was also able to give members an insight of the on-going work by the many volunteers who preserve the aircraft and give guided tours at the BBMF Visitor Centre
On behalf of Stone Probus, President John Copeland (left), presented a cheque for the RAF Benevolent fund. Julian Maslin (centre) and Stone Probus member John Holtham, who is chairman of the Stone RAF Association and flew in Mosquitos during the war, are pictured receiving the cheque.