RAF veteran Flt Lt Harry Reed DFC has donated his old wartime uniform to the RAF Aviation Heritage Centre at RAF Marham.
Mr Reed, who was based at Great Massingham and Little Snoring in Norfolk during the Second World War, recently contacted the museum curator with the offer for his uniform to go on display the centre.
He visited the centre earlier this month – just after it celebrated its first anniversary – and was given the opportunity to compare flying log books with the Station Commander Gp Capt Harvey Smyth.
After making the presentation of his uniform to the centre’s curator, WO Steve Roberts, Mr Reed and his wife Barbara were accompanied by Gp Capt Smyth to IX (B) Squadron where a Tornado pilot briefed them on the capabilities of the Tornado GR4.
It was all much different to those days during the Second World War when the Massingham base was under the command of 100 Group, flying Mosquito night fighter aircraft on intruder operations over enemy territory.
The concept of operations for these missions was to seek out and shoot down the enemy night fighters who were intercepting and attacking the allied bombers. The 100 Group’s answer to the problem was to send Mosquito Airborne Interception radar modified night fighters with the RAF heavy bomber force.
After speaking at length to Mr Reed, WO Roberts said: “The uniform jacket will provide an excellent centrepiece to a future display on the history of 100 Group in Norfolk. Harry had been so generous in offering us his uniform we thought it would be a great idea to invite him to the Heritage Centre and to meet the Gp Capt Smyth who is also a holder of the DFC.”
Mr Reed, now 92 and living in the Cromer area, thanked Gp Capt Smyth for taking time out of his day to re-connect him with the Royal Air Force and he also paid special tribute to the Tornado pilot who would soon be readying himself for another tour of duty in Afghanistan.