My partner and I spent a very interesting morning at the Historical Training Facility (HTF) at RAF Leeming in the company of Derek McDonough and Stuart Hart.
The former church is being used to display information and artefacts relating to the history of RAF Leeming and it is open to the public (by appointment only).
No. 35 Squadron had a very brief posting to Leeming (20th November 1940 to 5th December 1940) so, as expected, squadron exhibits only form a very small part of the overall collection.
However, following the visit, I was able to provide the facility with a bit more detail about the squadron’s time at Leeming and a summary of events surrounding the loss of Halifax W1053 for inclusion in the cabinet containing fragments from the crash site.
Fragments from the crash site of Halifax W1053
Whilst there, we were introduced to Geoff Hill, the curator of the Memorial Room at Middleton-St-George (Durham Tees Valley Airport), who has two gun turrets on display at the Historical Training Facility
Our thanks go to Derek and Stuart for spending their time with us during our visit.