VIDEO - Veterans vow to carry on with reunion event

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It was thought that the 106 Squadron reunion held at the former RAF Metheringham airfield in 2014 would be its last.

The Second World War veterans of the squadron thought it would be also. But since then, due to public demand and a shared will to carry on by the veterans, arrangements were made to organise a reunion for this year.

106 Squadron reunion at Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre. L-R Mervyn Jones, Lester Simms, Otto Jakeman, John Harrison, Ron Needle. EMN-150717-134524001

106 Squadron reunion at Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre. L-R Mervyn Jones, Lester Simms, Otto Jakeman, John Harrison, Ron Needle. EMN-150717-134524001

John Shipton from the Friends of Metheringham Airfield said: “The old timers of 106 Squadron said they were not finished yet and 10 squadron veterans indicated to Friends of Metheringham Airfield that they would be there for Tuesday, July 14, to celebrate the famous 106 Squadron. They wished to be reunited and to tell the world that they are alive and share their experiences.”

Group Captain Jez Attridge, Station Commander of RAF Coningsby, was there to greet the RAF veterans of 106 Squadron, and the families and relatives of past and present members of the squadron, together with invited guests.

Exhibits and new additional displays were put out in the Carey Powell memorial room. Visitors can view the individual crew positions in order to learn about the equipment and training involved to operate the legendary Avro Lancaster bomber. A new audio system now complements displays in the main building by providing background sounds familiar to a 1940’s airfield.

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield were formed in 1994 with Peter and Zena Scoley being founders. Mrs Scoley died at the age of 83 last year. A room has been dedicated to her for all of the work she has done for the Visitor Centre and for services throughout the county. The room contains artefacts and gives details of the history of RAF Metheringham,

Those attending the reunion saw in this room for the first time some of the remains of a Lancaster bomber from the squadron unearthed in northern Germany earlier this year. These new exhibition rooms were then officially opened by Toby Dennis, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, and a Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight gave a fly past and display for veterans.