Monthly Archives: April 2015

Schedules for Wales and Shropshire/Cheshire

My schedules are now in place for Group 1: North Wales (16th to 18th April) and Group 2: Shropshire/Cheshire (23rd and 24th April).  Please look at my Schedule page which gives the itinerary for each of these tours followed by the link to the most up-to-date overall tour schedule.

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Mystery airfield solved?

With a little help from various friends, including Graham and Amanda of GA Promotions (Militaria Fairs). I think I have now identified Dad’s ‘mystery’ airfield. On his list, I picked out the 60 UK airfields where he landed during the war, all except ‘Uppingdon’. There were several contenders for this, including ‘Uppingham’ north of London, suggested by several people. But this didn’t open until 1943, and it’s pretty clear (because he listed them in chronological order) that Dad’s visit to  ‘Uppingdon’ took place in 1941-2. It was in the list next to RAF Shawbury and RAF High Ercall, so I identified the nearby village of Uppington as a possibility. But…no airfield at Uppington.  However, RAF Atcham, also a US air base at one stage, was in the same parish district, only a few miles away from Uppington village.  My father wrote his airfields list neatly in the back of his log book at the end of the war, and he might well have known the airfield by the name of Uppingdon/Uppington as well as RAF Atcham. Besides, what more natural that in recording a single stop-off at Atcham, he remembered it by an evening in the pub at nearby Uppington?

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My new old 1944 tax disc

Between them, my supportive engineer, Crispin Thetford and Gregory Powell of http://www.poplargreg.com have made a present to me of a very special tax disc. DVLA are no longer issuing tax discs, so there is no need to have one on the car. As Crispin writes, “It is quite legal however to display anything one wishes…including an out of date paper disc: this one is exactly how Chattie’s paper disc wouldhave looked if she had been taxed at the Post Office in Castle Camps on 27th October 1944.”  Wonderful. My grateful thanks to Pin for thinking of it, and to Gregory Powell, who had already decided to donate something like this when he read about my Where They Served tour in the Hereford Times last week.  I’m highly touched and chuffed!

1944castle-camps-disc

Have a look at Gregory’s website to see the fascinating options available for your vintage or classic car!

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