Red Arrows returning to Hampshire for spectacular display

Red Arrows returning to Hampshire for spectacular display

Herb Simmons, left

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter, New Forest

THE RED arrows will stage a spectacular display over Hampshire tomorrow as the county continues to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

The 21-minute routine will form part of a major D-Day commemoration at Newtown Park, Boldre, which is near a former airfield used during the build-up to the invasion.

Special guests will include a 92-year-old D-Day veteran who has flown over from the United States.

Herb Simmons, who was stationed at the Lymington Advanced Landing Ground in the weeks leading up to the landings, is believed to be the last surviving member of the 50th Fighter Squadron.

Mr Simmons, from North Carolina, will unveil a new information panel produced by the New Forest Remembers World War II project.

A New Forest National Park Authority spokesman said: “The Lymington airfield was one of five advanced landing grounds - or temporary airfields - that were built in the Forest to support the invasion in June 1944.

“Four of those five were used by the American Army Air Force.

“Despite their temporary nature they were not just little landing strips. Typically each landing ground had two-mile runways and each of the American bases had 1,000 airmen and 75 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter bombers.

“The New Forest was well positioned to support operations over Normandy since it was more or less opposite the invasion beaches.

“Like most of his fellow airmen, Mr Simmons was in his early 20s when he was stationed at Lymington and he would have slept under canvas.

“He remembers the great kindness and generosity shown by the people of Lymington, who gave the servicemen fresh fruit and vegetables.”

Hosted by Charles Burnett III, tomorrow's event will be open to the public from 3pm - with proceeds going to the Daily Echo-backed Help for Heroes.

It will include a display of Second World War aircraft including two Spitfires and a Hurricane, together will a collection of military vehicles. The Red Arrows display is due to start at 5.30pm.

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6:26am Fri 6 Jun 14

derek james says...

awesome display by the red arrows (as ever) over skatetown yesterday
awesome display by the red arrows (as ever) over skatetown yesterday derek james
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Fri 6 Jun 14

southy says...

Red Arrows will depend on the weather
Red Arrows will depend on the weather southy
  • Score: -4

3:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Red Arrows will depend on the weather
Do you reckon they thought of that in advance?

You are a genius.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Red Arrows will depend on the weather[/p][/quote]Do you reckon they thought of that in advance? You are a genius. Shoong
  • Score: 3

5:09pm Fri 6 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Reds: 7 June 2014 Extracted from NOTAMs.


FORMATION TRANSIT BY RED ARROWS ACFT ROUTING:
504648N 0015033W (BOURNEMOUTH) 1620
505321N 0015355W (N BOURNEMOUTH) 1622
510100N 0020606W (VCY COMPTON ABBAS) 1624
510635N 0015750W (VCY BOSCOMBE DOWN) 1625
505400N 0014627W (S FORDINGBRIDGE) 1628
504546N 0013031W (DISPLAY LYMINGTON) 1630
504201N 0012305W (SW COWES) 1653
504113N 0014307W (OVERSEA) 1655
504648N 0015033W (BOURNEMOUTH) 1657
FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT 500-2000FT AGL. TIMINGS, HGT AND ROUTE
ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS.
2014-06-0540/AS1

LOWER: Surface
UPPER: 3,000 Feet AMSL
FROM: 07 Jun 2014 16:05 GMT (17:05 BST)
TO: 07 Jun 2014 17:15 GMT (18:15 BST)
Reds: 7 June 2014 Extracted from NOTAMs. FORMATION TRANSIT BY RED ARROWS ACFT ROUTING: 504648N 0015033W (BOURNEMOUTH) 1620 505321N 0015355W (N BOURNEMOUTH) 1622 510100N 0020606W (VCY COMPTON ABBAS) 1624 510635N 0015750W (VCY BOSCOMBE DOWN) 1625 505400N 0014627W (S FORDINGBRIDGE) 1628 504546N 0013031W (DISPLAY LYMINGTON) 1630 504201N 0012305W (SW COWES) 1653 504113N 0014307W (OVERSEA) 1655 504648N 0015033W (BOURNEMOUTH) 1657 FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT 500-2000FT AGL. TIMINGS, HGT AND ROUTE ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS. 2014-06-0540/AS1 LOWER: Surface UPPER: 3,000 Feet AMSL FROM: 07 Jun 2014 16:05 GMT (17:05 BST) TO: 07 Jun 2014 17:15 GMT (18:15 BST) skeptik
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Fri 6 Jun 14

skeptik says...

BBMF 7 June 2014 Hamble:


H1961/14: Air display will take place
Q) EGTT/QWALW/IV/M/AW/0
00/022/5052N00120W00
3FLYPAST BY BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT ACFT WI 3NM RADIUS
505217N 0012020W (HAMBLE). OTHER AIRSPACE USERS ARE REQUESTED TO
AVOID THIS AREA DURING THE STATED TIMES. 14-06-0088/OPS 2
LOWER: Surface, UPPER: 2,200 Feet AMSL
FROM: 07 Jun 2014 13:45 GMT (14:45 BST) TO: 07 Jun 2014 14:20 GMT (15:20 BST)
BBMF 7 June 2014 Hamble: H1961/14: Air display will take place Q) EGTT/QWALW/IV/M/AW/0 00/022/5052N00120W00 3FLYPAST BY BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT ACFT WI 3NM RADIUS 505217N 0012020W (HAMBLE). OTHER AIRSPACE USERS ARE REQUESTED TO AVOID THIS AREA DURING THE STATED TIMES. 14-06-0088/OPS 2 LOWER: Surface, UPPER: 2,200 Feet AMSL FROM: 07 Jun 2014 13:45 GMT (14:45 BST) TO: 07 Jun 2014 14:20 GMT (15:20 BST) skeptik
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Fri 6 Jun 14

southy says...

Thank you skeptik
Thank you skeptik southy
  • Score: -2

10:32pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jaseb123 says...

where is going to be the best place to see the arrows ?
where is going to be the best place to see the arrows ? jaseb123
  • Score: 0

8:22am Sat 7 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Browser - Lee on the Solent Daedalus Airfield Webcam (live)
Browser - Lee on the Solent Daedalus Airfield Webcam (live) skeptik
  • Score: 0

2:02pm Sun 8 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

skeptik wrote:
Browser - Lee on the Solent Daedalus Airfield Webcam (live)
nice picture of chem trail right behind red arrows ! take a look blatant geoengineering without informing jo public exactly whats being sprayed ! ? everything ! ?
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: Browser - Lee on the Solent Daedalus Airfield Webcam (live)[/p][/quote]nice picture of chem trail right behind red arrows ! take a look blatant geoengineering without informing jo public exactly whats being sprayed ! ? everything ! ? noodlesnewman
  • Score: 0

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