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STANLEY CHAMBERS - RAF MASTER PILOT - 100 YEARS OLD

Stanley Chambers will be 100 years old on Monday, 21st November and MHAS were privileged to present Stanley  with a framed photograph of a Spitfire in recognition of an extraordinary career in the RAF.


DONATIONS

We are always grateful for donations sent to us by individuals and organisations who recognise our efforts  to keep alive the history and aviation heritage of Martlesham Heath. Three times in recent months we have received donations from the group who represent the 357th Fighter Group who were at Leiston. Famously nicknamed “the Yoxford Boys” by Lord Haw Haw. The latest donation is for £150. We are most grateful to them.

Recently we also received a donation of £1000 from the DC Moncrieff Charitable Trust for specific improvements to the Control Tower museum display. Once again, our sincere thanks.

On Friday, 1st July we were visited by members of the Cambridge Flying Group andMike Derrett from the Group generously donated a flight in a Tiger Moth. Our member, Keith Slaugher won the draw.               

They will also be donating a flight worth £200 in our Open Day draw

 



























 

Stanley Chambers RAF career

Click on the button to read of the life and times of Stanley Chambers

Stanley Chambers arrives at the Control Tower Museum

And is greeted by our Hon. Vice president Air Commodore (retd), Mike Bettell

And is presented by a framed picture of a Spitfire on behalf of MHAS

Stanley Chambers video

Video courtesy John Cooper of Stanley Chambers centenary birthday presentation at MHAS Control Tower museum.

On 16 January 1917 the Royal Flying Corps officially established their first experimental establishment – creating an airfield at Martlesham Heath.

That date marks the start of the large scale inhabitation of Martlesham Heath for both working and living, to what we have today.

The 16th is the date Martlesham Heath celebrated its 100th birthday. This is why Peter Davies set up MH100 and a team of enthusiastic supporters to tell the story. On BBC Radio Suffolk listeners all about the last one hundred years on Lesley Dolphin’s lunchtime show on Monday 16th January. You can listen to Peter's interview for the next 28 days on the BBC’s iPlayer – it starts about 29 minutes in.

He highlighted Martlesham Heath’s strong association with research and development – firstly with the Royal Flying Corps, then with the Royal Air Force and later with BT’s Adastral Park and also the innovative ‘new village’ development.... making the history of Martlesham Heath one of the most unusual villages in East Anglia.

MH100 decided that Martlesham Heath deserved a Birthday Cake! An excellent cake was made and kindly donated by Duncans Bakery of 16–18 The Square, Martlesham Heath.

On the afternoon of the 16th afternoon a number of MH100 and MHAS (Martlesham Heath Aviation Society) members met at the Martlesham Heath Control Tower Museum to cut the cake and mark the occasion. They, with many others - including local Schools and the University of Suffolk, Businesses and local people - are working together to ensure that the celebrations continue, culminating in a Special Weekend Event on 8th and 9th July. To find out more - look at the MH100 website www.MH100.org.uk. where you will also find a Facebook page connection.


Photos courtesy

John Cooper.

Another great turn-out for our monthly meeting on 3rd March. Mr Peter Hart, who has entertained us before with his in-depth aviation knowledge, delivered an illustrated talk in his own inimitable style.

"Bloody April - Slaughter in the skies over Arras - April 1917." Peter Hart is a military historian with specialist knowledge about the Great War. One of his books was on sale at the meeting. He is  from the Imperial War Museum and we are grateful that he came all the way from London to speak to us.

2017 marks the centenary of the opening of a Royal Flying Corp airfield at Martlesham so it is particularly poignant that he should talk about the Arras offensive, also in its centenary year.

The battle of Arras was a British offensive launched to take pressure from a French battle in progress about 50 miles south. It resulted in some 160,000 British casualties and 125,000 Germans and resulted in a modest British advance.

At that time German aircraft were superior to our own aircraft but the Royal Flying Corps pilots doggedly flew mission after mission with heavy losses in order to photograph and plot German gun positions for our artillery to concentrate on.

In fact, said Peter, the most productive role of aircraft in the Great War was for reconnaissance. Martlesham Heath was already home to the Photographic Flight of the Aeroplane Experimental Station.

A vote of thanks was given by our chairman, Martyn Cook.



Peter Hart on the right with Martyn Cook, (chairman MHAS) and Robert Dunnett, vice-chairman left.