Eight members of the North Yorkshire Branch of the RAF Police Association
attended this event organised by the staff of RAF Fylingdales to celebrate
RAF C100 and to commemorate the shooting down of the first German aircraft to be
downed on British soil.
The event was held in the grounds of a local PH &
Restaurant (The Stables) on the outskirts of Whitby just one half mile from the
original Crash Site.
There were more than 100 people present, RAF Serving
members, RAF, RBL,RAFPA,Civil dignitaries and members of the public.The Deputy
Station Commander RAF Fylingdales addressed those present , after which wreaths
were laid . Ken Huxtable BEM laid a wreath on behalf of the NYB of RAFPA. A
Tucano Aircraft completed a Flypast.
Refreshments were provided courtesy
of the The Stables PH & Restaurant.
Members attending expressed their
thanks for a pleasant and well organised event and for the welcome they
received from the Fylingdales staff.
The German Aircraft was one of
several which took off that morning of 3rd February 1940 their mission was to
attack shipping off the North East Coast.
They were detected 60 miles out by
the Chain Home Station at Danby Beacon on the North Yorkshire
Hurricane Fighters of 43 Suadron at Acklington were scrambled to
intercept. Three Heinkels were shot down, two crashed into the North Sea off
Northumberland the third came down on land adjacent Bannial Flat Farm, Whitby.
Flt Lt Peter Townsend (One time friend of Princess Margaret) pilot of one
the Hurricanes was credited with disabling the Starboard Engine and killing one
of the crew.
This incident is well documented on various Websites and in a
book "Broken Eagles" by Bill Norman.
The RAF Photographer not recognising the
photogenic potential of NYB Members means that at our next meeting there will
be a " Spot the Snowdrops" competition.