December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
New light was shed on a little-known aspect of RAF Marham’s history when an author who is writing a book about Jamaican air crews visited the base.
Mark Johnson began researching their history after learning that he had relatives who served in the RAF during the war. He discovered some of the airmen served at RAF Marham, including Ulric Cross, of Trinidad, who became a Squadron Leader of No 139 (Jamaica) Squadron based at RAF Marham in 1944.
Mr Johnson visited the base’s Aviation Heritage Centre to speak to two of its curators, Sgt Jim Russell and Cpl Ashley Keates, about the role of the Caribbean and West African aircrew in the RAF.
Afterwards, he said: “I am very impressed by the quality of the work that has been done by the heritage centre team at RAF Marham.
“The displays and the layout they have designed represent much more than the usual collection of aircraft photos and parts because they vividly tell the human story of air force life at Marham from the inception of the base to the present day.
“I learned a great deal during my visit and I also got a real sense of what Caribbean aircrew must have experienced while flying from this airfield during the war.
“The centre deserves to be visited by anyone with an interest in Marham or the Royal Air Force.”
Cpl Keates said: “It has highlighted a new chapter in RAF Marham’s heritage and it shows the diversity of countries that served with the Royal Air Force during the second world war and undertook bomber missions from Marham. With kind permission of the author this will be added to the display at the aviation heritage centre.”
The aim of the hertitage centre’s curator, WO Roberts, is to provide a fitting tribute to all ex and serving members of RAf Marham.
In the longer term the centre aims to create an archive of 15,000 photographs and historic documents within the collection, housed in a former chapel.
The centre is open by appointment only, and on the last Saturday of every month (9am to 4pm). Appointments can be made by calling 07717 426961 during office hours.