Saturday, May 21, 2022

Royal Air Force

 

Light Night Striking Force

 

in WWII

 

 

 

Presented by Flght Lieutenant Ken Wright, RAF, (ret)

 

March Field Air Museum – Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:00pm 

                                                                 

 

On May 21, Museum Docent Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Wright, Royal Air Force (Retired) will present a talk on British Night Bombing Operations in WW II. Ken, now 98, took part in the British Air Campaign against Germany flying in DeHavilland “Mosquito” and Handley Page “Halifax” bombers.

 

Ken’s comprehensive knowledge of the WW II Combined Bomber Offensive adds invaluable insight into his detailed briefing on the subject of night missions over the Third Reich. His talk will include information on the aircraft, navigational systems, target markers, the role of Pathfinders, and German defenses.

 

Flt. Lt. Wright enlisted in the British Royal Air Force on his 18th birthday, December 8, 1941. He was trained as a Navigator and Bombardier in Canada, and then served in RAF heavy bombers during World War II. Following the war, he took part in the Berlin Airlift before transferring to night fighters. While on exchange duty in the United States, Flt. Lt. Wright participated in a nuclear bomb testing and various missile-related assignments with the U.S.M.C. in El Toro before his retirement after 20 years of military service.

 

Returning to the United States as a civilian, Ken worked in sports car sales, writing as a test editor for Road Test magazine, auto racing and race announcing, eventually opening his own Land Rover dealership. Retiring at the age of 75 he has since taken part in many voluntary public service activities, including many years as a Docent in the March Field Air Museum.

 

 

                                                                                

The Inland Empire Aviation Roundtable is sponsored by the March Field Air Museum, and is dedicated to the local aviation and aerospace community. Monthly meetings are open to the public, with subjects of interest to the air-minded public presented including aviation and aerospace history, both civil and military, as well as new developments in these fields. Parking and admission are free for this event.

 

The March Field Air Museum is located in Riverside, California, at 22550 Van Buren Blvd. (at the intersection of Van Buren Blvd. and the 215 Freeway) adjacent to March Air Reserve Base

 

More Information: (951) 902-5949 or visit www.marchfield.org

 


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