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Another Great Day at Staverton! We had hoped that our attendance at the Armed Forces Day event at Staverton in June would have included the presentation of Legion d’Honneur awards to our group of Typhoon veterans. Unfortunately, long delays in the processing of the awards made that impossible. Eventually we were able, together with the Jet Age Museum, to organise a second event, this time a proper investiture. On October 29th our 6 Typhoon veterans and one Bomber Copmmand veteran were presented with their medals by General Thierry Ducret, Commanding Officer of the nearby Allied Rapid Reaction Force HQ. A large assembly of families and friends gathered to witness the investiture which was rounded off by a fly-past, in atrocious weather, by a Typhoon from Coningsby.
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Veterans on Parade
The Veterans are Applauded
And 3 more at Carantec! The Rev George Wood was missing from Staverton because he had resolved to travel to Brittany and to present his medal to the people of Carantec who had rescued and hidden him, then helped him to escape, in a small boat built for the purpose, after he had been shot down in 1943. A weekend of parades, presentations and memorable meals showed how much the local people respected George and remembered the heroism of the Resistance network that cared for him. George even went flying, with the local aero club, over the airfield that he had been attacking when his Whirlwind was hit. George received his Legion d’Honneur award on Saturday then, on the Sunday, presented it to the town of Carantec, for exhibition in a cabinet at the Maritime Museum where there are displays relating to all of the 158 escapes organised in Carantec during the war. More details in the Ops Room blog.
A Typhoon Success Story Our links with the Jet Age Museum (JAM) at Staverton have resulted in two memorable events at the museum and several discussions about further collaboration. JAM is very active and successful in promoting its activities in its local community and more widely.  We have recently learned of an exciting project carried out by Coopers Edge School, situated in Typhoon Way, Brockworth, right on the spot where the Hawker Typhoons were built during the war.  The school entered the “Huge History Lesson” competition organised by the British Museum. The children researched the building of Typhoons, assisted by Peggy and Phyllis who had actually built the aeroplanes and by visits to JAM where they were able to examine and interact with the Typhoon restoration project. Their imaginative and enthusiastic efforts were successful - they won the competition!   TECT congratulates the children, the school and JAM for a magnificent effort. We will encourage the school to maintain and to develop its interest in “their” aeroplane and hope that the children will want to follow the progress of the JAM project. You can see the results of the history project in YouTube videos: click on the buttons or type in the addresses on your computer. www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfDgMwxpZyI (British Museum) www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVlkwqYb_jw (school video)
“We challenged schools around the UK to choose a museum object, carry out a historical enquiry and share their findings with us in their own special way.”
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Subscription Renewal 2017 We invite the renewal of TECT Membership subscriptions. Details of the new subscription structure and methods of payment are on the Membership page.If your postal or e-mail address has recently changed, please inform the Secretary at once. This has been a truly memorable year for TECT and your subscriptions have enabled us to support events and veterans and to contribute to worthy projects, such as the Jet Age Museum, RB396 and JP843 Typhoon restoration projects.
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