Bomber Command Heritage is an organisation that is trying to maintain the history of Bomber Command for future generations. They are in the process of trying to persuade the MOD to sell RAF Bicester to them so that they can form an educational centre and museum to help with this vision.
A fundraising evening was held in October at the fabulous new John Paul II Community Centre in Bicester, with a guest speaker – World War II pilot Tony Iveson.
Apparently around 200 people bought a ticket for the evening as well as taking part in the raffle, silent auction and other fundraising efforts on the night, so fingers crossed a good amount was raised for BCH. On their website it says a couple of thousand pounds were raised which is excellent news.
It was interesting to hear from BCH about their plans for the future and what they would do with RAF Bicester if they do get the opportunity to take over the site. They have such a great vision I really hope that they can get the funding and support to persuade the MOD to sell the airfield to them. It will be a great addition to the area and a really interesting attraction to visit.
The star attraction of the evening was Tony Iveson. Tony was a pilot in WWII, and spent the evening telling us stories of his life as a pilot and what went on in the war. He spoke of the many different aircraft he flew, and different missions he was involved in. His first hand accounts of the Battle of Britain and attacks on Tirpitz (a battleship in Norway) were extraordinary and it was sobering to hear the impact the war had on personnel involved.
What was all the more inspiring is that Tony Iveson is now in his 90s and recalled the events as if they were only a short while ago. After his speech there was an extensive Q&A session, where people asked all kinds of questions which led to more interesting stories.
Many thanks to Tony Iveson for doing the talk and all at Bomber Command Heritage for organising the evening. Also to D who took me as a birthday present 🙂