East Kirkby 13th September 2008 - Battle of Britain Commemoration

The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby held a flying event on 13th September to commemorate the Battle of Britain. Spitfire XVIe TD248 CR-S (G-OXVI), flown by Cliff Spink, arrived from Duxford during lunchtime. The airfield was later impressively strafed and bombed by John Romain in HA-112 Buchon G-BWUE; the Spitfire was scrambled and a superbly flown dogfight routine took place within the airfield boundary.

Following the display, both aircraft recovered to East Kirkby and were greeted with loud applause from the large crowd as they landed and taxied to their parking area close to the crowd line.

Two Lancaster runs on the grass strip took place in excellent weather, piloted by Ed Straw with Ian Hickling and Andrew Panton assisting. The airfield took on a WWII feel with a number of re-enactors on site, manning the tower and a dispersal area near the parked Spitfire.

Events at East Kirkby are always very informal, relaxed affairs and this event easily rates as the highlight so far of a busy year at East Kirkby. The next major event will be the extremely popular Lancaster night run and fireworks display, scheduled for 1st November.

Massive thanks to the Panton family for their continued support and hospitality.




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