On September 15th, the Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust organised an open day at the ATC Centre on Wood Lane, Elm Park. Not only was it to remember the Battle of Britain but also to show off the new RAF Hornchurch Heritage Centre in Sutton’s House.
Several groups were there displaying memorabilia from both the first and second world wars as well as several large scale model aircraft.
President of the society, Chingford and Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith, Hornchurch and Upminster MP Julia Lopez and vice president of the trust Brendan Finucane QC – who is the nephew of Brendan Finucane a famous fighter pilot who died during the Second World War attended the event.
The highlight of the day was when a Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight flew overhead at around 3pm during the day, it was so low that you could almost see the flight crew, an amazing sight. It was also joined by a Tiger Moth representing Hornchurch and it’s participation during WW1 where the first German Zeppelin was shot down by a bi-plane – READ MORE HERE
The local newspaper, The Romford Recorder has also reported on the event and you can read their article here – Lancaster bomber flies over Elm Park
There were also artifacts from the Battle of Britain spitfires and German bombers on display in the ATC hut.
The 10th Essex are keen supporters of the trust supporting their work to remember all those who were lost during both wars.