Airco DH.2

This year marks a special anniversary, when the Armistice Day falls on 11/11/11.

Primetime Media will be accompanying the Airco DH.2 and it’s team from Wickenby Airfield in Lincolnshire on an historic trip to the Somme where the DH.2 aircraft operated during WW1.

Major Lanoe Hawker

Wickenby’s DH.2, piloted by Lincolnshire flyer Stewart Smith, will be flying over the proposed site of a memorial to Major Lanoe Hawker of 24 Squadron, and over the Thiepval Memorial. This memorial was erected for 72,195 missing British and South African men who died during the Battle of the Somme, and who have no graves.

Primetime producer Joanna White will be flying alongside the DH.2 recording each step of the journey from a Chipmunk aircraft and from the ground.  The material will be used to produce a DVD which should be available next year.

Joanna is a little worried about how the weather in November could effect proceedings. She states: “This project is entirely subject to weather! Too much low cloud or high winds will prevent the WW1 aircraft from flying.  However, if the weather is fine the sight of an original WW1 fighter crossing the channel and flying above the Somme will be very emotional”.

To find out more about the project, or to support the Lanoe Hawker Fund visit:

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