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MH100 - CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS - 8TH & 9TH JULY

Congratulations to Peter Davies, who conceived the idea to celebrate 100 years of aviation history at Martlesham and to his team, who put together the event over a period of three years.

The original concept was conceived by Peter as a celebration of research and development at Martlesham. Not only the history of the airfield as a centre for British aviation research and development, but also British Telecom, who arrived here in the 70's and have also been responsible for ground breaking and innovative developments in the field of telecommunications.

The MH100 committee also wanted to include the concept and development of this unique village, with its design feature of a series of hamlets connected by footpaths with a central village green away from traffic. The new Martlesham Heath village is built on the site of the old aerodrome.

Many displays were exhibited in the church of St Michael's and All Angels. All telling the development and innovation theme. Martlesham Heath Aviation Society provided many pictures of historical interest as well as videos. British Telecom were present as was a stand from our friends at Bawdsey Radar museum. RAF Martlesham Heath was directly involved in the early development of airborne radar.The village history was also displayed.

In the Scout hut continuous video was shown. Among other topics, were the stories of veterans, some of whom were associated with Martlesham Heath

Many stands from organisations too numerous to mention were dotted around the village green.

The weather was perfect as we welcomed descendants of the American Eagle squadron who were based here for a time in 1941. 71 squadron RAF was one of three squadrons formed by the RAF to  help us in our time of need when we stood alone against the Nazi menace.


Various photos and a video of the unveiling of the commemorative stone by John Cooper. Press VIDEO to view.


Left.  HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston unveils the permanent commemorative plaque.

Descendants of the American airmen who fought with the RAF in the “Eagle Squadrons” Laying a wreath at the foot of the new Commemorative Stone in memory.

The Red Devils - The British Army Parachute Regiment Display Team make another spot on landing on the village green.

Hurricane and Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight salute the heritage and history of Martlesham Heath

Friday, 1st September and we are once again back at the Community Hall for the first time since our June meeting. We had no meeting in July because of our Centenary Celebrations that month and August is traditionally a visit to a place of aviation interest.

We were entertained by Mike Meech, who now lives in Clacton and was accompanied by his wife. Mike is also a part time volunteer at the RAF museum at Hendon. The subject of his talk was, "Contact Patrols-Air Support for the Infantry in WW1".

Communicating between troops in the front line and the commanders to the rear became a major problem in the trench warfare conditions of the Great War. Mike explained some of the means by which this could be overcome. Radio transmitters were too heavy and bulky for the aircraft of the time and pilots would have to land to report what they had seen from the air. One of the strange methods employed was the use of klaxon horns, which could be heard from the ground. Short blasts of varying lengths was a form of code that signified different intelligence from above. Perhaps three short blasts might signify whether enemy trenches were manned or not.

Mike also talked about an airfield at Butley, near Woodbridge. Apparently an outstation for the RFC aerodrome on Orfordness. Nothing now remains.

Our president, Richard Barker was present and gave a vote of thanks for a fascinating insight into little known aspect of those awful times.