BBMF Visitor Centre – Christmas and New Year closure

Header Image: BBMF technicians at work on Spitfire IIa P7350 in the Flight’s hangar, with Hurricane Mk IIC PZ865 in the background. The BBMF Visitor Centre provides tours of the hangar to visitors. (Photo: Darren Harbar)

The BBMF Visitor Centre will be closed to visitors for the Christmas and New Year period from Saturday 17th December 2022. The Visitor Centre shop (only) will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January 2023, with tours of the RAF BBMF hangar recommencing from Wednesday 4th January.

Members Remember: Sgt Harry Hammond – RAF ground crew

Header Image: Ground crew working on a 13 Sqn Westland Lysander Mk II with a flat tyre, on the snow-covered airfield at Mons-en-Chaussee, France, in early 1940. Harry Hammond (inset when he was a Corporal) served with 13 Sqn in France from January to June 1940.

Continuing the ‘Members Remember’ series in which we offer Club members the opportunity to tell the brief stories of any relatives who served with the RAF during the Second World War, here we have the story of RAF ground crewman Sergeant Harry Hammond, father of Club member Terence Hammond. Terence takes up the story:

Operation Oyster – Bombing of Philips Works in Eindhoven 6th December 1942

Header Image: Operation OYSTER – Douglas Boston twin-engine medium bombers over the burning Emmasingel lamp and valve factory at the height of the raid on 6th December 1942.

Eighty years ago this month, on Sunday morning 6th December 1942, the RAF bombed the Philips factories scattered throughout the city of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The Philips company was a major producer of electronic parts, including one third of the supply of vacuum tubes for radios used by the German military; it also undertook radar technology research.


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