The Club’s first AGM took place at the familiar Cuckfield venue on a lovely spring day. Officers and committee were formally elected, and reports from several committee members were delivered regarding their responsibilities. Questions were taken from the floor. After the close of the meeting, everyone descended upon some excellent light refreshments and we had an excellent chance to mix and chat.
Junior members, Rose and Ethan, placed a Remembrance Day poppy
on behalf of the BHOC at the Airman’s Grave during a walk on
The site’s name is misleading, as this is not the grave of a single pilot at all, but is a memorial to the six young members of a RAF bomber crew whose Wellington plane crashed at this location when returning from an aborted flight to Cologne in 1941.
Apparently, they were part of a one-hundred aircraft mission, but tragically experienced engine problems on the outward flight and attempted to return home. The large aircraft crashed into the hillside.
There is something especially poignant about this small, simple, stone structure set in such an isolated, beautiful, open landscape.