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:: [ SVVS Summer Saunter to the WINGS MUSEUM, Balcombe - July 2018 ] ::

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The SVVS SUMMER SAUNTER is non competitive run into the countryside organised by our Hon Sec Malcolm Bailey and his wife Sheena. The destination is different every year but the start is generally in the Morrisons Car park in Reigate. This year the destination was The Wings Museum, near Balcombe, West Sussex RH17 6JT, a distance of 17 miles. A map of possible routes was provided and, for the enthusiasts, a Tulip Route! The Wings Museum is housed in a large hangar and has the displays broken down into dedicated subject areas. It houses original items from the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Home Front, Russian Front, D-Day, Bomber Command, and US 8th Air Force. Items on display include: Aero Engines, Propellers, Artifacts, Uniforms, Aircraft Parts, Equipment, and items of Local History during World War Two. Relics from RAF Bomber Command and the US Eighth Air Force are in "Bomber Offensive" section;  items from RAF Fighter Command and Luftwaffe in the "Fighter Offensive" Section. Anderson and Morrison Shelters have a soundtrack of the Blitz. At the centre of the museum is a complete fuselage from a Douglas C-47 Dakota which was used during the filming of the TV hit series Band of Brothers. Scattered throughout the hangar are aircraft which have been recovered from the Russian and Japanese battle fields where they were shot down, still carrying the bullet holes that brought the aircraft down! Each is displayed in crash dioramas to represent the actual crash. These aircraft include Bell P-63 Kingcobra - Soviet Air Force, Nakajima B5N2 Kate - Imperial Japanese Navy, Douglas A-20 Boston / Havoc - Soviet Air Force, Hawker Hurricane Soviet Air Force, Handley Page Hampden P1273 Royal Air Force.  This is a fascinating gem of a Museum well worth visiting by anybody interested in WW2 and the Services, especially the RAF, and because the building is smallish and exhibits are very numerous, not much walking is needed by the 'oldies' to see all that is there!




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