This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight from Southampton. The city is considered the birthplace of the Spitfire as it was originally designed by its most famous son Reginald Jospeh Mitchell and the prototype was first flown from Southampton airport in 1936. Following its maiden flight over 22,500 Spitfires were built, most famously helping to win the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sadly Mitchell died in 1937 so he never lived to see Britains finest hour. Weather permitting the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be marking the occasion with a flight from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Monday 7 March. Last year I was lucky enough to interview the Officer Comanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Ian Smith for the Daily Telegraph.
New Home Front are launching a competition to find the best ways in which wartime posters can be updated to help today’s society understand the dangers of climate change. Wartime slogans such as “Is your journey really necessary?” and “Dig for Victory” remain as relevant today when so much business travel could be replaced by video conferencing and food miles continue to increase our carbon footprint.
For the last year I have been working with Stratford Armouries to develop a new Second World War exhibition. Today I witnessed the remains of a Wellington bomber take off one last time. The bomber was purchased from a private collection and will now form the centre piece of the museum. The move featured on ITVs Central News.
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