The Goodwood Revival – September 2014 – The Unique Period Atmosphere

The sights and atmosphere from around and about this most unique of eventsDSC_9923-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9909-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9900-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9897-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9887-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9875-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9855-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9280-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9275-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_9158-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_8958-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_8954-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_8950-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_5097-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_5086-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_5074-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4942ps DSC_4934-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4890-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4886-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4884-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4874-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4842-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4841-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4834-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4833-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4832-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4829-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4825-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4822-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4787-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4785-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4775-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4615-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4584-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4569-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4530-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4449-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4448-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4438-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4338-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4324-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4321-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4318-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4315-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4308-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4295-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4293-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4292-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4291-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4281-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4279-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4277-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4274-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4272-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4177-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4171-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_4152-Goodwood-12-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0932-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0926-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0922-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0909-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0899-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0887-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0871-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0870-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0611-Goodwood-14-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0339-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0050-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley DSC_0049-Goodwood-13-9-14-PhilWhalley:

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RAFA Shoreham Airshow – 31 August 2014

The Shoreham Airshow raises funds for the RAF Association and 2014’s bumper crowd will have been highly beneficial to the charity. Many will have come to see the Canadian Lancaster which was sadly grounded with engine problems but the show delivered plenty to keep everyone happy. The customary Battle of Britain set-piece gave way to a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration with an enacted invasion of the airfield featuring two Dakotas (avoiding the ‘flak’) and a variety of fighters.

The following illustrates a selection of the variety on offer at this popular event:

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The D-Day Anniversary Air Show – IWM Duxford – 25 May 2014

A somewhat delayed photographic look at the D-Day anniversary show at Duxford in May. The event focused on representative aircraft covering all of the aspects of the invasion, including a precious few that were actually involved seventy years ago. Modern sport gliders substituted for the troop carriers of the war, but otherwise the display consisted of examples of types from the period plus modern aircraft with links to those involved. A number of aircraft have had invasion stripes applied for the commemorations, with those on the Grace Spitfire ML407 purposely painted in an accurately rough fashion typical of the time.

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Daedalus D-Day 70th Airmen & Airborne Memorial Service – Lee-on-the-Solent – 3 June 2014

A memorial service was held at the Civic War Memorial on the Lee-on-the-Solent seafront in the evening of 3 June to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of D-Day – one of many such events each side of the Channel. The Memorial is located just a few hundred yards from HMS Daedalus, an airfield which played a major part in the embarkation of troops for ‘Operation Overlord’. Much of the local area became a launch point for the huge military operation – both airborne and seaborne. A record 435 sorties operated from the airfield on D-Day itself, with aircraft from the RAF, FAA, USAAF, USN, SAAF, RAAF and RCN working around the clock.

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The Service was followed by flypasts from a number of aircraft representing some of those air arms, themselves flying out of the same airfield. Additional aircraft had gathered at Lee – including a eight C-47 Dakotas/Skytrains – and would depart the following day for mainland Europe and further commemorations and troop-dropping re-enactments. A number of those crews and ‘troops’ attended the Service, alongside veterans and local dignitaries.

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The weather for the service was luckily better than forecast, though the timing of the flypasts coincided with a tall and threatening front moving in from the west which blocked out the light, making photography awkward.

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A planned poppy-drop by C-47 ‘Union Jack Dak’ when passing the memorial met with a slight technical difficulty which sadly caused the petals to fall beyond the intended dropping point. This Skytrain is a D-Day veteran, having departed in the early hours of 6 June 1944 heading for Normandy towing a Waco glider.

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Those onboard in 1944 – and the tens of thousands of other brave souls airborne at that time – were spearheading the Allied attack on ‘Fortress Europe’, from which they might not return.

‘Lest we Forget’