Sunday, 16 August 2009

1 Spitfire, 2 Hurricanes and 3 Bristols

Rougham airfield was constructed in 1941/42 and brought into service as a USAAF airfield accommodating 3,000 personnel. Having being built with a 2,000 yard main runway it was suited to larger aircraft and became the home of the 94th Bomb Group flying B-17s. Between 1943 and 1945 the 94th flew more than 300 missions from Station 468, as Rougham was officially known.

Each year the Friends of Rougham Airfield hold many events, one of which is the Air Display and Classic Car Show. In 2005 the 407 (pictured right) was awarded best car in show, and in 2006 I was awarded runner up for the best post-war saloon, but this year, despite having a 407, a 410 and a Beaufighter to choose from, the organisers overlooked the Bristol marque completely.

Never mind; Neil, Nick and Carol (407), and James and Caroline (Beaufighter) were quite happy watching the many air displays or visiting the well-stocked beer tent.