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SteveH

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Re: MILITARIA.....................RAF Tornado farewell flypast today approx 2pm
« Reply #45 on: February 19, 2019, 11:39:42 AM »
There is a possibility, of a sighting over the local area.

The RAF Tornado farewell flypast timetable has been released - here's what time and where to see it.

It will pass several RAF bases across the county with special significance to the life of the aircraft, including RAF Valley, Anglesey,  ensuring weather conditions are settled enough.

1.30pm - 1.45pm: RAF Shawbury - DECA Sealand

1.45 - 2pm: RAF Valley

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« Reply #46 on: February 19, 2019, 02:21:54 PM »
Walked down the Prom at 1.40pm to sit down by our War Memorial but gave up at 2.05pm after no sighting and far too cold to stay any longer.

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Re: MILITARIA.....................RAF Tornado farewell flypast today approx 2pm
« Reply #47 on: February 19, 2019, 04:23:10 PM »
Good try, Bri.  I thought it might have been cancelled, but on checking the Pioneer, I don't think they came close to us........

HUNDREDS of plane spotters headed to Anglesey in their droves to see RAF Tornado jets final flypast.
Three Tornado GR4 planes soared above RAF Valley in Anglesey this afternoon.

"The turn out was great. I would say about a thousand people turned out for this one chance to see the planes.
People clapped and cheered when it flew over."
The three-ship formation crossed the RAF Valley MATZ (Military Air Traffic Zone) at 500 ft, South to North.

The RAF confirmed earlier this month that after almost 40 years serving the UK on military operations across the world, its Tornado jets are returning home for the last time.

First entering service in 1979, the fast jets have been used in operations across the world, most recently bombarding Daesh to push the terrorist group back through Syria and Iraq.

   
The DP has some comments ..........A few disappointed photographers & other folks in the sand dunes around RAF Valley this afternoon watching the #tornadoflypast - they were so high, no lap of honour; bit of an anti-climax, and it was soooo cold! Ah well, win some, lose some. #TornadoFarewell #Anglesey

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Re: MILITARIA
« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2019, 11:05:29 AM »
An unusual photo from yesterday.

Tornado GR4's refuel from an RAF Voyager as they take part in a three day farewell flypast over airfields, defence bases and other sites of significance.   ref DP

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« Reply #49 on: April 01, 2019, 10:26:01 AM »
A LLANDUDNO author is making an appeal for anecdotes, reminiscences and photographs to complete a book he is writing on Conwy borough during World War 2.

Adrian Hughes, who runs the towns Home Front Museum, has been preparing the book for some time, and in particular has been unable to unearth any photographs of the VE and VJ celebrations.

He said: I wrote a book in 2017 about the borough of Conwy in World War 1 and that raised more than 1,500 for the poppy appeal and Conwy Citizens Advice Bureau. Both these charities will again benefit from this new book as all monies will be donated to them.

Adrian said: In all my research I have failed to find a single image of VE or VJ Day celebrations but I am aware there were lots of street parties and I really need some to help bring the book to a natural conclusion.

He added: I am also really keen to talk to anyone who has recollections of Conwy, Deganwy and Llandudno Junction during the Second World War, in particularly regarding Ratcliffe Engineering, the factory that made Beaufighter and Halifax parts in Llandudno Junction, it later became the Hotpoint factory.  ref Pioneer

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« Reply #50 on: April 01, 2019, 01:04:24 PM »
I wish I could help Adrian in his research but I was born after the end of the Second World War.      I know that my mother worked in a factory for Ratcliffe Engineering but I've got a vague memory that she worked in South Wales although she lived in Llandudno at the time.
I can never remember her saying anything about Mochdre though but as kids you don't always take too much notice of things.
My mother Nancy Hughes is on the extreme right of the photo and in the back row

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« Reply #51 on: April 01, 2019, 01:45:02 PM »
I have found another photo of my mother taken with her factory colleagues but there are no placards or anything to identify where the photo was taken
A lady called Grace sent the photo to my mother and on the reverse of the photo is a lovely note to my mother written in the form of a poem.
I think that this photo was from my mother's time in S Wales but I can't produce the photo on to my computer as the printer isn't working at present.       



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« Reply #52 on: June 06, 2019, 02:30:36 PM »
Just received a picture of my great nephews visiting the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha beach this morning, I thought it was a nice to see them remembering.