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Ronald X Not yet known

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Ronald had a day out at Barkston Heath on 29 July 1944 when he was the guest of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron.

The Squadron diary records that he and his sister Eileen "were feted at a special dinner, they were guests on a neighbouring farm, they posed for photographers, including Larry O'Reilly of American Pathe News and they had the run of the base."

The diary goes on to say that "Ronald was made an honorary captain in the Air Force and claims the distinction of being the only soldier on the base to monkey with the Colonel's shoulder eagles and still stand in good stead."

For more on this story, see the article on the Heritage of Flight - Airfields of South Lincolnshire website: http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=9050

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  • Eileen X Not yet known

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    Eileen had a day out at Barkston Heath on 29 July 1944 when she was the guest of the 14th Troop Carrier Squadron. It was also her 10th birthday. ...

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  • Barkston Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Barkston Heath was established as a grass Relief Landing Ground for RAF Cranwell in 1941-43, before being developed with hard runways for RAF Bomber Command in 1943-44. It was used by the transport aircraft of the Ninth Air Force's 61st Troop Carrier...

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Visited Barkston Heath 29 July 1944

Aged 8

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Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 16:41:43 Lucy May Created entry with firstname, nationality, biography, events and place associations
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http://www.southkesteven.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=9050

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