SOPARA – OLD SARUM – 11 MAY – BATTLE OF BRITAIN ACE/HURRICANE

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Battle of Britain Ace to be reunited with his Hurricane at SOPARA on 11th May

Four Battle of Britain pilots who defended the Nation 74 years ago will attend the Support Our PARAs pageant at Old Sarum on 11th May.

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By a strange quirk of fate, Battle of Britain fighter ace Wing Commander Bob Foster will be reunited with the Hawker Hurricane which he flew during the fierce air battles over Southern England 74 years ago.

Bob’s Hurricane, now owned by vintage aeroplane enthusiast Peter Vacher will be displaying during the aviation and military pageant at Old Sarum which is being run to raise funds for the Parachute Regiment.

Now in his 90s, Bob is Chairman of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and is bringing three other fighter pilots to Old Sarum. Members of Churchill’s Few who hope to attend are Wing Commander Paul Farnes and Squadron Leader Tony Pickering also flew Hurricanes, together with Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson was a Spitfire pilot.

The Battle of Britain Fighter Association is only open to those who flew with operational squadrons during the Battle of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940.

Notes

1. After a very successful event in 2008 which raised £125,000 for the Parachute Regiment Charity, the owners of Old Sarum are staging another event in this anniversary year for the D-Day and Arnhem operations, and the Red Devils. The parachute assault operations in 1944 saw the Parachute Regiment and British airborne forces, including the Glider Pilot Regiment and the Royal Air Force, in action and secured them a place in history.

2. Tickets are available now from the website www.sopara.co.uk and priced at £10 per person.

3. The Red Devils got their name from German forces in the Western Desert in 1943, when members of the Parachute Regiment fought ferocious hand-to-hand engagements. They went on to win battle honours in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Germany during the Second World War. The Regiment fought at Suez and in many small wars in the 20th Century. Mostly recently, members of the Parachute Regiment have been decorated for gallantry in Afghanistan.

4. The event is supporting the Parachute Regiment Charity’s fund-raising activities for those wounded on operations and for those dependents of members of the regiment who have died on operations.

5. ‘Red Alert! Support our Paras 2014’ will help kick off the 70th Anniversary Airborne Commemorations at Arnhem and Normandy, plus the 50th birthday of ‘The Red Devils’ parachute team.

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