Dunsfold Museum Welcomes Veteran Visitors

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Gordon Madgwick and Ray Sharpe, both serving members of 98 Squadron RAF, visited the Reg Day Museum at Dunsfold Park on Wednesday 28th September. Gordon, Ray and Reg all served together in 98 Sqn RAF between 1943 and 1944, working as radar and wireless mechanics on the B-25 Mitchell bombers.

During their time at the aerodrome, Ray, Gordon and Reg, along with approximately 40 other men, maintained six active flying planes and three grounded aircraft, in a rolling pattern. This, on occasion, would mean Gordon and Ray had the opportunity to leave their colleagues and disappear to Hindhead and Epsom to meet loved ones.

Gordon, accompanied by his wife, and Ray, who celebrated his 90th birthday the week previously, were invited to the museum by Reg, who wanted to show the development of the aerodrome since their time in 1944. Conducting a tour of the museum and site, Reg fondly showed his collection of Second World War memorabilia, plus photographs and stories of many familiar faces from their time on the aerodrome.

Ray, who is still very active and travelled from Chingford in North London to be with his past comrades, commented, "This will be our last time together, and I am fortunate to spend it in wonderful company and familiar surroundings. Being at Dunsfold Aerodrome today has triggered many fond and nostalgic memories, and I thank Reg for inviting me to spend the day reminiscing."