Barford St. John RAF Air Base.
amazing highlight for the year was the 70th anniversary of
the opening of the airfield at Barford St John. The airfield
had a number of uses being built for flying training, then
used for Wellington bombers then Mosquito’s. It’s
most famous use though was that of a test site for Gloster
E.28/39 Whittle/ Pioneer and F.9/40 Meteor jets. Tony and
Bill king thought this anniversary too important to let pass
and arranged a commemoration ceremony with the USAF who
currently use the airfield as a communications site. Almost
all of the war time buildings have gone although the runways,
hard standings and perimeter track still exist. The USAF were
incredibly obliging and allowed us to place a memorial plaque
on a donated three ton iron stone near the entrance. They
provided a colour guard, PA system and guard of honour. This
combined with approximately 150 visitors including many civic
dignatories and with us providing 15 military vehicles this
created a fabulous sense of occasion. We were very anxious to
explore the site but as this was a live base we could not go
unescorted. To get around this we loaded up our green
machines with USAF personnel and drove down the main runway.
Judging by their laughter, smiles and photographing each
other the Air Force guys certainly seemed to enjoy the ride.
Certainly one more than the others when Brian allowed him to
drive his Jeep to the entrance. A great day out. Many thanks
Tony and Bill.