On Thursday 11 November 2021 the Museum’s annual Armistice Day Remembrance Service was held in the Memorial Garden. This year, due to the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, the service was restricted to members of the Museum’s staff and to visitors who were present in the Museum.
In beautiful early winter sunshine, the service was conducted for those present by the Museum’s Chaplin, Reverend Trevor Marshall, Vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Tangmere. The Museum’s Chairman, Dudley Hooley, delivered the exhortation and the Museum’s Director, David Coxon laid a wreath on behalf of the Museum’s Trustees and staff.
Following the service, The Museum’s Chairman and Chaplain placed a small cross of remembrance on Phantom XV408 in memory of the Museum’s late-Chairman, Group Captain David Baron OBE, who had flown this aircraft with No 226 OCU and No 6 Squadron then the Museum’s Curator, Charles Hutcheon, laid wreathes at the memorial to seven crew members who perished when a Halifax crashed at RAF Tangmere on 19 November 1943 on behalf of Aly Etherington, a great niece of one of the crew.
Photos: Pete Pitman