Topic: Building Spitfires without a Factory
Speaker: Alan Matlock
Synopsis: In the summer of 1940, with the Battle of Britain being fought out over the skies of southern England, the Luftwaffe switched tactics from attacking the RAF and their airfields and targeted the aircraft factories.
After three attempts the Supermarine factories on the banks of the Itchen were finally put out of action in late September 1940. A plan to move production of RJ Mitchell’s iconic fighter from the Woolston and Itchen Works had already been begun some months before but now a complete dispersal was ordered by Churchill’s Minister of Aircraft Production, Lord Beaverbrook.
The talk will tell the human story of those attacks from the point of view of those in the buildings or watching from across the town at the time. Some of these are first-hand accounts and will be illustrated with period costume and sound effects!
The menu for the meeting is available on the Sign-Up sheet.
The cost will be £26.50 per person.
Our preferred method of payment is by on-line banking, although cheques are also acceptable. Our bank details are – Account Name: The Probus Club of Bransgore, Sort Code: 30-92-02, Account No: 00333007. Please reference your payment with your name. At the moment we are unable to accept payments by cash or contactless transactions on the day.
If you are unable to attend, please let Paul Burton know to help him with the event planning.