On Friday 24 June, the Museum played host to an investiture at which three RAF veterans of the Second World War were presented with the Légion d’Honneur by the Honorary French Consul for Brighton and Newhaven, Captain François Jean.
The recipients were Joe Roddis of Selsey, who served as an engine fitter at RAF Middle Wallop during the Battle of Britain and subsequently at both RAF Selsey and RAF Tangmere, Stanley David of Littlehampton and Derek Wood, of the Witterings, both of whom served with No. 624 (Special Duties) Squadron. Sally-Anne Barrett, daughter of the late Clive Stanbury, former CO of 624 Squadron, spoke briefly about the roles played by Stanley and Derek, and Dudley Hooley, the Museum’s Director, gave a resume of Joe’s life in the RAF
Some 30 relatives and friends of the three veterans attended the occasion, several having travelled from far and wide including Cyprus and Australia, whilst a family of five flew in from California.
Main photo: Recipients of the Légion d’Honneur (l-r) Joe Roddis, Stanley David and Derek Wood.
Bottom left: Honorary French Consul for Brighton and Newhaven, Captain François Jean, presents the Légion d’Honneur to Derek Wood.
Bottom right: (l-r) Captain François Jean, Joe Roddis, Stanley David, Sally-Anne Barrett (daughter of the late Clive Stanbury, former CO of 624 Squadron) and Derek Wood.