SMHS Meeting: Battle over Chichester

17 Jun 2015

SMHS honorary member Andy Saunders joined us in June for his first talk to the Society since being appointed Editor of the popular Britain at War magazine, his talk entitled Battle over Chichester and described the German bombers downed in West Sussex during the Battle of Britain.

Andy's photographs of these planes were interesting but it was the depth of his knowledge derived from painstaking research that enabled him to describe the often tragic, sometimes humorous, circumstances behind these scenes.

Andy was able to relate whether pilots and crew survived, where they were buried along with contact he had made with some of the crews or their families years after the war. He entertained us with tales of crews detained by two post office workers armed with shovels or by a milkman and his daughter and of the elderly Home Guardsman who put down his own rifle to receive the pistols of a pilot and co-pilot whose Ju87 was downed in Selsey on 16th August 1940.

Doubtless Andy's passion for military history in general will serve him well in his editorial role and his enthusiasm for military aviation will bring him back to share more of his discoveries with our members in the future.


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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
East Sussex.


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