This tour was tailored for a lovely American lady, Bonnie Blecha and her friend as part of a UK holiday. Bonnie’s father had been a pilot in the US 8th Air Force, flying B17 bombers out of Rattlesden, Suffolk. She wanted to see the airfield and also to visit the coding museum at Bletchley Park, which was instrumental in gaining intelligence for the allies.
Prior to the tour, I conducted some research about the airfield and made contact with the glider club that still uses the WWII runway and control tower. The club were very happy to facilitate a visit.
On the day, I collected the ladies from their Central London hotel and drove straight to Bletchley Park. I had been there only a few weeks before, so was able to give them some ideas of the highlights.
After lunch, we drove across the country, using some backroads to Rattlesden. We were met by the glider club host and were given a private tour of the tower. The ladies were able to see some original photos and USAAF memorabilia and were introduced to the local farmer, who owns the land on which the airfield is based. He was able to show them the remaining bomber hangers and air raid shelters. We were given special permission to drive the up the runway, where Bonnie’s father would have taken off during the war!
Bonnie was not expecting to see so much of the history at the airfield. Having been made so welcome by the club and the farmer, it turned the day into a very unique, memorable occasion.
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