Item BCA - 2017.1309 - Brize Norton; help in the Caribbean, 80th anniversary of a special unit. Princess Anne marks centenary of special unit.

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BCA - 2017.1309

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Brize Norton; help in the Caribbean, 80th anniversary of a special unit. Princess Anne marks centenary of special unit.

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pdf of 5 newspaper cuttings

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In April 2017 two World War Two Women Pilots who were in the ATA had their work recognised by a permanent memorial at RAF Brize Norton. Molly Rose, who lived in Bampton for very many years and Mary Ellis who were both called Spitfire Women, flew fighter jets and bombers to bases across the country which relieved me to fight, something women were not allowed to do. Mrs Ellis aged 100 was flown up from her home in the Isle of Wight to watch the unveiling along with family members of Molly who had died in October 2016.
RAF Brize Norton is one of the largest military bases in the UK. These three newspaper cuttings record three aspects of the work in October 2017. In early October 2017 Princess Anne made another visit to the base and this time to mark and celebrate the centenary of the 'unit that never sleeps.' The squadron took part in bombing raids in the first and second world wars and recently provided vital support in the Caribbean following the devastation of hurricane Irma. A sculpture was unveiled at the base in October to make 80 years of the base at RAF Brize Norton.

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