Hunstanton Heritage Centre took delivery of an interesting donation last week when Tony Cassie brought in the 1953 Pictorial yearbook for RAF Sculthorpe.
This was the base for several USAF Squadrons, including the 67th Air Rescue Squadron, which played such a vital role in the floods.
At the time Tony was only seven, but he still remembers how those involved in the search and rescue operation came into his parents’ café in Le Strange Terrace for cups of coffee and to get warm before going out again to face the storm. For 53 years Tony ran his own restaurant overlooking The Green, just three doors down from the Heritage Centre. He is pictured, second right, with town mayor Andrew Murray and others looking at the book.
He congratulated the Civic Society on the coverage given to the Floods, and said how pleased he was to see past and present members of the USAF commemorated, because every year several American visitors would call in at ‘Cassies’ to see if it had any connection with the Café known by the same name, which they remembered from the 1950’s when they, or their parents, were based at Sculthorpe and living in Hunstanton.
According to Mr Murray, the 1953 Pictorial could not have come in at a better time, because next week Hunstanton is to be officially Twinned with the 67th, which in 1988 was renamed the 67th Special Operations Squadron, also known as the ‘Night Owls’. The 67th is currently based at RAF Mildenhall, which is where members of the Civic Society’s Twinning Group went earlier this week to hear Squadron Historian Mark Service, a former RAF Flight Sergeant, deliver a history lesson aimed specifically at members who have recently arrived in England.