RSA Wessex Branch
Last update 09 February, 2020 21:14
Currently SOLENT & COTSWOLD are looked after by the WESSEX Branch.
Attempts to involve members from these Branches have unfortunately yielded limited response so far and any ideas to encourage their involvement would be gratefully received by the Wessex Branch Committee.
John Levesley (a retired NATS ATCO) who lives in Bransgore, which borders the eastern edge of the site of the former Winkton ALG. Following the publication in 1982 of Chris Ashworth's book on Military Airfields of the South West. He was intrigued to find that those fields had indeed been used, all be it for only a few months in 1944. After a number of years he compiled information on Winkton ALG and the operations from the ALG by the 404th Fighter Bomber Group of the US 9th Air Force.
More information can be found on his website Winkton.Net which has further links to information about the 404th Fighter Group etc. The RAF Sopley site also has additional information. The FONFA SITE (Friends Of the New Forest Airfields) gives more aviation information in the Wessex area.
Another site of interest is the ATC-History site which is an archive of 20th century air traffic control photographs and other media sponsored by the Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers. This also contains a section on the College of ATC and ATCEU/ATMDC site.
All these sites are packed with information and contain links to other sites for further reading.
Approximately 27 members turns turned out for an enjoyable game of skittles with around 25 staying on for lunch in the "Three Legged Cross". I have no idea why Vintage Inns decided to name it as the "Three Legged Cross" as it is in fact about 1 mile from the centre of the Village.
This was a visit to the Wayland owned Sixpenny Micro Brewery in Cranborne. We were welcomed by Lyall, the head-brewer, who served tasters of the beers they produce and then took the whole group on a tour of the brewery itself. They then supplied a nice ploughmans with cheeses, nibbles, bread & olives etc.
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