May was a month of firsts at the Red Feather Club as the 95th Bomb Group Heritage Association geared up to celeb­rate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the 95th Bomb Group in Horham and the reunion tour.

The association’s first 1940s weekend proved a major success with re-enactors, military vehicles and stalls pulling in the crowds. Liberation 44 and Ranger re-enact­ment groups presented a full military camp display and re-enact­ments of air force personnel.

During the weekend of May 18th and 19th re-enactors portrayed WW2 USAAF (United States Army Air Force) personnel in basic day-to-day life. They completed close order drill, rifle drill, roll call, mail call and payroll. There were displays of air force equip­ment and tents laid out as they would have been in WW2. There were oppor­tun­ities for the public to handle deac­tiv­ated weapons and try to learn drill.

On Saturday night four DJs – ‘Texas Tommy’, ‘Django Man’, ‘Short Back & Sides’ and ‘Andy AV8 – along with special guest singers Jodie ‘Topsy’ Harris and Jade Grand enter­tained at our 40s dance.

Earlier that week the Wings of a Mighty Fortress, a docu­mentary telling the story of 95th Bomb Group crew of Easy Goin’, got its resched­uled UK premiere with two showings at the Red Feather Club attracting approx­im­ately 230 people. Three years in the making, the film by Mark Werkema and Jim Koehn, features inter­views with crew members. The docu­mentary is due to be screened on US TV this year.

We also hosted a successful quiz night earlier in the month.

On Spring Bank Holiday as part of the celeb­ra­tion of 70th anniversary of the arrival of the US Eighth Air Force in East Anglia there was a flypast taking in the Red Feather Club. B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, with four fighters from the Eagle Squadron, a historic four-ship group comprising a Hawker Hurricane, Spitfire, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang and a further Mustang, flew over a selec­tion of former USAAF bomber and fighter bases in East Anglia, including Horham.

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Spring Bank Holiday also saw the unveiling of a memorial at Alconbury in Cambridgeshire commem­or­ating the men of the 95th who lost their lives in a bomb loading accident before the bomb group arrived in Horham.

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