The daughter of a World War II night-fighter pilot has visited Gransden Lodge airfield as part of her commemorative, fund-raising tour of 60 airfields which he flew from during the war.
Elizabeth Hall’s tour, in a 1935 Singer Le Mans Sports car similar to the one her father Bryan Wild bought in the early 1940s, has taken her all over the country as she raises money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
She is also promoting her book (based on her father’s memoirs): ‘Flying Blind - The Story of A Second World War Night Fighter Pilot’.
Today Gransden Lodge is the home of Cambridge Gliding Centre, and Elizabeth took a flight in a glider to see the airfield as her father would have first seen it - from the air.
“We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth to Gransden Lodge Airfield and proud to support her fund-raising for the RAF Benevolent Fund”, said Paul Ruskin, Chairman of Cambridge Gliding Club. “Although this airfield has been exclusively used for the sport of gliding for longer than it was ever an RAF base, we remember those who served here with a memorial at the airfield entrance and a display of photographs in our club-house.”
RAF Gransden Lodge opened in April 1942. It was one of the RAF’s smaller wartime stations, with accommodation for about 1,000 airmen and 300 Women’s Auxiliary Air Force personnel. Both Canadian and British squadrons were based there.