Weʼre raising £7,000 to fund Project Propeller, an annual reunion for World War 2 aircrew, that offers them the opportunity to fly again.
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Over 150 World War 2 Aircrew will take to the air once more on Sunday 17 June 2018 when they fly to a reunion at a former wartime airfield at Halfpenny Green near Wolverhampton. They will team up with 120 volunteer, present-day private pilots and their light aircraft to be ferried into the former RAF Bobbington from all over the British Isles.
The event - known as “Project Propeller” and now in its 20th year - is run by a small group of volunteers who coordinate all the veterans' flights, arrange the support facilities and lay on street party refreshments complete with 1940's-style live musical entertainment.
The veterans all saw action during the war and served in every crew position from Pilot to Rear Gunner - the iconic “Tail End Charlie”. Also attending will be a lady who served in the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) ferrying newly built aircraft from the factories to the front line.
Mostly in their nineties, but with a few over 100, these extraordinary aviators love getting airborne again, recalling their adventures and renewing the bonds of comradeship formed over 70 years ago.
It is our privilege and pleasure to stage this annual event for the men and women of the "greatest generation" to whom we all owe so much. However, Project Propeller costs almost £7000 each year to stage. It is a non-profit event and relies entirely on public support for its finance.
Our first Just Giving appeal for last year's event at Gloucester Airport raised £1070 and we are very grateful to all those who supported us so generously. Any donation to this second campaign – big or small - will be used to keep Project Propeller running for as long as we have enough veterans who are able and willing to participate.
If you prefer, cheques payable to 'Project Propeller' can be sent to Project Propeller, 34 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QJ.
When the organisation is eventually wound up, any remaining funds will be donated to Royal Air Force charities .
Thank you for your support.
The PP team [L-R: Nigel, Harry, Sue, Ursula, Bob, Ian, Graham, Anne-Marie & Trevor]
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Jun 20, 2018
Sorry not to (quite) make it this year. Hoping for better weatherluck in 2019!
Jun 18, 2018
Thank you so much for Sunday 16th June. Dad was rightly made to feel that what he did all those years ago was still recognised and respected.
May 22, 2018
Cannot be there personally this year but proud to have been involved in the planning and preparation
May 16, 2018
Keep up the good work you guys all do and roll on Wolverhampton
Apr 16, 2018
Such a fabulous event!
Apr 10, 2018
Can't make it to PP this year. This is roughly equivalent of what I'd pay in fuel etc :-)
Mar 9, 2018
In memory of Geoff White. Thank you for a wonderful day out in 2016. Keep on keeping on...