Next Talk Friday 29th November 2019

A Unique Local Take on the Dambuster Raid of WW2

Janet Fray has lived locally for many years and was married to Jerry, a retired RAF Squadron Leader and holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, but his vital role related to the Dambusters Raid was kept secret until 2001.  Now Janet, who will be assisted by author Andrew Jenkins who has researched Jerry’s story for his book Wheels Down, can tell us about his amazing war-time service in Aerial Reconnaissance and how on his 36th mission he flew his blue-painted Spitfire alone and unarmed over enemy territory.  As a result he brought back a dramatic set of photographs which clearly show the devastation caused.  These were widely published in the press and raised war-time morale at a time when it was sorely needed.  This is the first time that Janet, who met and got to know many of the RAF survivors, has given this talk, so it should really be something special.

The talk will be in the Wincanton Memorial Hall. 

Doors open and refreshments from 7 p.m. followed by the talk at 7.30pm. 

Entry: £5 and £2 for members

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