Battle of Britain flight at Southend Airport

Landed – one of the Lancaster bombers (Photo: Simon Murdoch)

In formation – the two Lancasters flying over Southend (Photo: Simon Murdoch)

First published in News by

THE skies ovwe Southend were the backdrop for a beautiful display of wartime aircraft featuring two Lancaster bombers flying in formation.

Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada.

Joining the Lancasters were two Spitfires and a DC3 paradrop aircraft, all owned and flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby.

The aircraft were taking part in the annual four-day Eastbourne Seafront Airshow in Kent, but were based at the airport due to strong cross winds at Biggin Hill.

Dan Rodgers, chairman of the Essex Military Support Association, said: “They were not expected here so it was a nice surprise.

“I just heard there were some Lancasters in the area so headed down to the airport and they had the whole Battle of Britain Memorial Flight lined up.

“Theywere meant to be based at Biggin Hill but obviously the weather meant they couldn’t get there so it was great for Southend to give them a base instead.

“Without the Southend Airshow this year it was like we got our own unexpected miniversion.”

The Lancaster Bombers will return to Southend on Thursday and be based there for three days while they take part in the Clacton Seafront Airshow.

The Memorial Flight is regularly seen at events commemorating the Second World War and also British state occasions such as Trooping the Colour.

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9:48am Wed 20 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

'ovwe' ?

Eh?
'ovwe' ? Eh? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

9:55am Wed 20 Aug 14

baldyash says...

"Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada."

Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar
"Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada." Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar baldyash
  • Score: 11

10:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

Rhoda Dendron says...

We saw them, well we heard them first!

Flew over my back garden late Saturday afternoon, flying quite low- it was a truly magnificient sight - quite emotional really.
We saw them, well we heard them first! Flew over my back garden late Saturday afternoon, flying quite low- it was a truly magnificient sight - quite emotional really. Rhoda Dendron
  • Score: 21

10:14am Wed 20 Aug 14

Bigmama1 says...

baldyash wrote:
"Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada."

Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar
You beat me to it! I was just going to write the same! It comes to something when the public have to correct the editorial! Doesn't anybody proof read these articles? I don't think so as there are always too many errors in the Echo. Not good enough.
Maybe they would like to give me a job as proof reader?
[quote][p][bold]baldyash[/bold] wrote: "Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada." Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar[/p][/quote]You beat me to it! I was just going to write the same! It comes to something when the public have to correct the editorial! Doesn't anybody proof read these articles? I don't think so as there are always too many errors in the Echo. Not good enough. Maybe they would like to give me a job as proof reader? Bigmama1
  • Score: 10

10:28am Wed 20 Aug 14

andyh says...

and Eastbourne would be quite surprised to be found in Kent!
and Eastbourne would be quite surprised to be found in Kent! andyh
  • Score: 11

10:50am Wed 20 Aug 14

black jack ketchum says...

This was last weekend but the BBMF will be flying into Southend airport again tomorrow (Thursday)
This was last weekend but the BBMF will be flying into Southend airport again tomorrow (Thursday) black jack ketchum
  • Score: 9

11:05am Wed 20 Aug 14

Hammers says...

and a DC3 isn't a fighter or a bomber.
and a DC3 isn't a fighter or a bomber. Hammers
  • Score: 5

2:28pm Wed 20 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Bigmama1 wrote:
baldyash wrote:
"Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada."

Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar
You beat me to it! I was just going to write the same! It comes to something when the public have to correct the editorial! Doesn't anybody proof read these articles? I don't think so as there are always too many errors in the Echo. Not good enough.
Maybe they would like to give me a job as proof reader?
Get a life you cretin...
[quote][p][bold]Bigmama1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baldyash[/bold] wrote: "Five Second World War fighters and bombers arrived at Southend Airport this weekend, including the Lancasters, one of which had been flown all the way from Canada." Its Wednesday today!. Does this mean they are there now?,Lancs were due Thursday after Clacton airshow . Please ECHO lets have some correct facts /grammar[/p][/quote]You beat me to it! I was just going to write the same! It comes to something when the public have to correct the editorial! Doesn't anybody proof read these articles? I don't think so as there are always too many errors in the Echo. Not good enough. Maybe they would like to give me a job as proof reader?[/p][/quote]Get a life you cretin... sesibollox
  • Score: -13

3:05pm Wed 20 Aug 14

mrjb1812 says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
This was last weekend but the BBMF will be flying into Southend airport again tomorrow (Thursday)
Two Lancasters plus a Spitfire and Hurricane are due to be flying in to Southend around 3:30 pm on Thursday after displaying at Clacton earlier in the afternoon.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: This was last weekend but the BBMF will be flying into Southend airport again tomorrow (Thursday)[/p][/quote]Two Lancasters plus a Spitfire and Hurricane are due to be flying in to Southend around 3:30 pm on Thursday after displaying at Clacton earlier in the afternoon. mrjb1812
  • Score: 4

3:31pm Thu 21 Aug 14

southendcivilservant says...

I'm eagerly waiting for them!!
I'm eagerly waiting for them!! southendcivilservant
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

jolllyboy says...

News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council !
News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 4

7:32pm Thu 21 Aug 14

mrjb1812 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council !
A quick update on the schedule for tomorrow (Friday).

Lancasters, Spitfire and Hurricane will be flying out of Southend around 13:40 to display at Clacton.

Return to Southend around 14:50 - 15:00 (depending on length of display at Clacton).
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council ![/p][/quote]A quick update on the schedule for tomorrow (Friday). Lancasters, Spitfire and Hurricane will be flying out of Southend around 13:40 to display at Clacton. Return to Southend around 14:50 - 15:00 (depending on length of display at Clacton). mrjb1812
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Thu 21 Aug 14

mrjb1812 says...

mrjb1812 wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council !
A quick update on the schedule for tomorrow (Friday).

Lancasters, Spitfire and Hurricane will be flying out of Southend around 13:40 to display at Clacton.

Return to Southend around 14:50 - 15:00 (depending on length of display at Clacton).
Update - BBMF schedule is now indicating a display time at Clacton of 14:00 with return to Southend around 14:30.
[quote][p][bold]mrjb1812[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: News too late - funny how we don't get the news here that is in the paper - especially anything detrimental about the council ![/p][/quote]A quick update on the schedule for tomorrow (Friday). Lancasters, Spitfire and Hurricane will be flying out of Southend around 13:40 to display at Clacton. Return to Southend around 14:50 - 15:00 (depending on length of display at Clacton).[/p][/quote]Update - BBMF schedule is now indicating a display time at Clacton of 14:00 with return to Southend around 14:30. mrjb1812
  • Score: 0

10:36am Fri 22 Aug 14

scrounger‎ says...

Rhoda Dendron wrote:
We saw them, well we heard them first!

Flew over my back garden late Saturday afternoon, flying quite low- it was a truly magnificient sight - quite emotional really.
Not if you're German.
[quote][p][bold]Rhoda Dendron[/bold] wrote: We saw them, well we heard them first! Flew over my back garden late Saturday afternoon, flying quite low- it was a truly magnificient sight - quite emotional really.[/p][/quote]Not if you're German. scrounger‎
  • Score: -6

11:22am Sat 23 Aug 14

roger moore says...

real shame they couldn't carry out one last act of duty, dropping bombs on some unwanted people in this country (mentioning no names lol)
real shame they couldn't carry out one last act of duty, dropping bombs on some unwanted people in this country (mentioning no names lol) roger moore
  • Score: 0

9:10am Fri 29 Aug 14

Thames Gateway says...

Rumour has it that they will be dropping again this weekend for the Shoreham Airshow.
Rumour has it that they will be dropping again this weekend for the Shoreham Airshow. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 0
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