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Dunkeswell Airfield (E Devon Branch)

Fri. 12 February 2021 at 2:30 pm


Full title: Dunkeswell Airfield and its Role in World War II

To be held by Zoom video conferencing

An on-line presentation by Brian Lane-Smith, Chairman of the Trustees of the South West Airfields Heritage Trust.

Dunkeswell Airfield was constructed in 1942-3 in response to the need to have better capability to support the Royal Navy and the US Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic. This talk will explain the reasons why Dunkeswell was built and its important role in World War II. As a US Naval Airbase (the only one in Europe), normal UK restrictions on wartime photography did not apply and numerous photographs have survived. Brian’s talk will use this fascinating photographic record to provide a window into life at the airfield at the time and the missions that were launched from there.

Illustration by permission of the South West Airfields Heritage Trust.

Important notes

If you would like to join this meeting, please contact the Organiser (details below). You will in due course be sent instructions on how to log in etc. Please don’t worry if you are not familiar with the Zoom software. It is quite straightforward to use and does not involve any expense. You will be able to log in a few minutes before the start of the lecture.


Fri. 12 February 2021
2:30 pm
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East Devon Branch (Colin Trussell)
07976 351324


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