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Military History Tours          On Tour - Bomber Command (RAAF in the UK) 6 July 2012


The worst day for weather since arriving in the UK. Poured raining all day with visibility around 100 metres on the roads as we headed from Wolverhampton south to Salisbury where we will have 3 nights.

Our first stop was at Aston Down where Richard Kill had arranged for us to go gliding with his club, Cotswold Gliding. Richard had a number of gliders with instructors all ready to go but the weather was too poor for gliding. However, the club put on a wonderful lunch in the club house which is in fact the airfield tower. The club had bought the strip and tower after the war and has been gliding ever since.

While having lunch there was a close watch on the weather hoping for a break. No such luck so they cranked up the glider simulator and most had a glide, but this time at the controls solo. There were many crashes but also some good budding pilots. The hospitality of this club to our tour each year is wonderful and we were sorry to say goodbye and to continue south again.

Due to time saved as a result of the non gliding, I had decided to drop into Bath and allow time there for the group. Firstly though, on the way to Bath we visited a little village, Leighterton, an old heritage village built over the ruins of a mediaeval village and the home of our First World War trainee pilots. Many, 23, were killed in flying accidents here and a buried in the Commonwealth War Graves area of the local cemetery and the cemetery is very well maintained by one of the men in the village. The church dates before 1259 but that is the date of first registration of a Rector. The list goes from that date to present. After a small service we continued on our way.

All enjoyed their time in Bath and we headed off again to Salisbury arriving at 18:00. A long wet but good day. Tomorrow we visit 3 sites that are quite close to Salisbury, but it seems, again in the rain.

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