On Saturday 19 August, Chichester’s MP, Gillian Keegan, visited the Polish and Czech Exhibition being held at the Museum this summer. She was accompanied by her husband Michael and was welcomed by the Museum’s Chairman, Group Captain David Baron OBE.
Deputy Director David Coxon, the curator of the exhibition, explained to Gillian the important contribution the Polish and Czech pilots made to the Allied cause, particularly during the Battle of Britain.
She was then introduced to an important visitor, a 94 year old Czech bomber wireless operator/air gunner who flew during the war in Wellingtons with the Czech No 311 Squadron. He had been brought by his daughter from his home in Surrey to see the exhibition.
On leaving the exhibition, Gillian was presented with a booklet by Ron Buckingham, a volunteer guide at the Museum for the last 20 years.
Gillian and Michael concluded their visit to the Museum with a tour of the exhibits in the display halls with the Museum’s Director, Dudley Hooley
Main photo: Museum volunteer guide Ron Buckingham presents Chichester MP Gillian Keegan with a booklet about Polish and Czech fighter pilots.
Bottom left: Watched by husband Michael, Gillian tries the Museum’s ‘SE5a Cockpit Experience’.
Bottom right: Former No 311 (Czech) Squadron wireless operator/air gunner Arnost Polak.