A cheque for £4,000 raised from the proceeds of the North Weald Airfields 2015 Community Day – A Salute to the Few, was presented to the North Weald and Ongar branch of The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) at North Weald Airfield on 25th February.
The £4,000 was presented by Asher Bailey, Operations Manager of from Weald Aviation at North Weald Airfield to Grace Thomas, a RAFA member and the widow of Warrant Officer Len Thomas AFM. Who flew more than 37 pathfinder missions as bomb aimed/gunner in the RAF Museum’s famous Lancaster, S for Sugar, accepted the cheque on the charities behalf.
Also present at the ceremony next to the airfields Gate Guardian was Epping Forest District Council Vice Chairman Jean Lea, John Young, Director of North Weald Aviation Services also known as The Squadron and North Weald RAFA Chairman Arthur Moreton.
Continuing help and support
Arthur Moreton local historian and chairman of RAFA said: ‘This generous donation will help The Royal Air Forces Association, a national Charity who’s Patron is Her Majesty the Queen, to continue its work of offering friendship, help and support to serving and former serving members of the Royal Air Force and their dependants, widows or widowers.’
Celebrating North Weald Airfields 100th Anniversary
This year the airfield celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its opening in the summer of 1916. A series of district wide commemorative events are planned throughout the year, with the airfield holding a ‘100th Anniversary Air Fete’ Community Day on Sunday 17th July.