Three veterans of The Battle of Britain attended a signing session at Shoreham Aviation Museum in Kent on Saturday with top aviation artist Geoff Nutkins. These were Nigel Rose of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron who flew Spitfires, Tom Neill DFC and Bar of 249 Squadron who flew Hurricanes and also served in the defence of Malta, & Joe Roddis who was Robert “Bob” Doe’s fitter with 234 Squadron which flew Spitfires.
Wing Commader Doe became one of the most decorated RAF aces of the battle having shot down 14 enemy aircraft. We sent a few bottles of The Laddie Ten down to help with the celebrations. Ronnie Lamont, who describes himself as the “go-getter” for the Museum and organised the drams for the vets tells us: “All three were over the moon with their gift and asked me to pass on their thanks.”
Shoreham Aircraft Museum was founded in 1978 by local people in Kent, in the skies over which much of the battle Battle of Britain was fought. It collects relics from crashed British and German aircraft which have been excavated from where they fell, as well as accepting donations of material from the public. There is a collection of flying helmets, uniforms and insignia along with a comprehensive display of wartime memorabilia.”The Museum serves as a lasting tribute to all those airmen who fought in the skies over southern England during World War II. All the proceeds are used for recovery and preservation of artefacts. Any remaining funds are donated to the RAF Guinea Pig Club, East Grinstead, a charitable organisation for severely burnt Allied airmen of Word War II.”