Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum, Anthony Graulus & Pierre Taquet - Translation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2019
 
Every event organized by the Shuttleworth Collection is a real delight for the passionates, and as every delight comes with surprises, the 2019 edition of the Military Pageant was no exception to the rule.
As for every event, the morning is dedicated to wander around the various sale booths, but also allowing us to visit the many stalls and run into her majesty's inhabitants, who are proud to relive their history by dressing up in classic clothing's. This time from the First World War, Second World War and the Vietnam period, ending up in more modern conflicts, which were the main leads of this summery Sunday.
So it was that we could admire personnel from the various conflicts as well as some magnificent vehicles of the era. And at lunchtime pick-nicks arise just about everywhere on the airfield. Simply to summarize the all British happiness having a nice family time and attending an exceptional show.
The afternoon is dedicated to the airshow and what a show it was !
The program saw of course the well-known Collection aircraft, which we never grow tired of seeing in their natural habitat, the skies of Old Warden Airfield. And then you have the neighboring visitors, the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Nellie B" or the Boeing B-17G "Sally B". Also noteworthy was the presence of a splendid training glider next to a Slingsby T.21 in the colours of the Royal Air Cadets. Or the superb Focke Wulf FW 44J "Stieglitz" in a scheme remembering the discrete rebirth of the Luftwaffe in the '3Os.
But as mentioned above, every event has its own brand and this time the Hawker Hurricane was highlighted. The organizers planned to have eight Hurricanes on site, but due to a technical issue on one of the airplanes, only seven attended the event. And here is where the Shuttleworth team really came forward in putting all seven Hurricanes in the air, putting up the record of the greatest number of Hurricanes flying together since the Second World War. Hats off for this accomplishment, when there are only fourteen Hurricanes known in flying conditions throughout the world. If the second Hurricane of the BBMF would not have encountered the little tailwheel problem, the skies at Old Warden would have been filled with eight aircraft designed by Sir Sidney Camm, almost 60% of the global fleet !
Gathering seven Hurricanes was already splendid and unique, but to emphasize this assembly, the organizers also invited one of the last six pilots having fought in the Battle of Britain, P/O Archie McInnes, who took part in this battle flying this mythical fighter. This latter, bringing to mind, recorded more victories than his counterpart, the Spitfire.
So the numerous visitors could admire this magnificent fighter and applaud one of the pilots, who had what it takes to fight for our freedom and we never can thank them enough for this.
To conclude this day, as the weather was really merciful, the glorious Edwardians took to the skies, bringing back to mind the movie: "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines".
The SBAP-team wishes to thank heartily the Shuttleworth team for their welcome and great atmosphere, and in particular, Mrs Ciara Harper for the granted media access and for her always bright and warm welcome.
   
Military ambiance at Old Warden Airfield
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 

 

Archibald McInnes was born July 31st, 1919 and joined the RAFVR (Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) in 1938. He received his call up via telegram the day when the war was declared and was affected to the 7 OTU at Hawarden for conversion on the Hawker Hurricane fighter. Aged 21, Pilot Officer McInnes joined the Battle of Britain during the month of September 1940, posted to 601 Squadron at Exeter and moved two weeks later to the 238 Squadron at Chilbolton. Archie's first Operational sortie with 238 Squadron was on the 10th October flying alongside future Battle of Britain "Ace" and well know fighter pilot P/O Bob Doe, when Bob was shot down.
Flying Hawker Hurricanes throughout, the squadron and Archie continued to fly patrols until mid-December of 1940. After the Battle of Britain, Archie remained with 238 Squadron. In the summer of 1941, the Squadron was posted to the Middle East, equipped with Mk IIA Hurricanes.
Afterwards, 238 Squadron set sail on the HMS Victorious from Scapa Flow and, after chasing the Bismarck battleship, they arrived in Gibraltar on June 11th, 1941, taking off for Malta 2 days later, and then further onto Egypt. He flew various bomber escort and top cover sorties through mid-late 1941 until an engagement with Me 109's on the October 30th, 1941 resulted in Archie being shot down. The result of the crash was his left arm badly hurt and it had to be amputated. During hospitalization he also became ill, suffering of blood poisoning and typhoid. Once cured and having recovered enough strength, Archie designed and created his own arm prosthetics and adaptations. Simply incredible; these received approval from the RAF, allowing him to return to flying status.
He found back his beloved Hurricane with 691 Squadron at Roborough in February 1944, in charge of B-Flight. After the Hawker Hurricane, Archie flew the Fairey Barracudas, and did target tugs towing down at Tangmere, Sussex.?He was released from service by the RAF in 1946, retiring to civilian life close to Cambridge.
The passion of aviation remained well present and at the age of 99 years he made a flight in a Spitfire accompanied by a Hurricane. His smile during this flight speaks for itself.
On July 7th, 2019 he was honoured by the Shuttleworth Collection Team as a special guest of the last bunch of "the few". Archies celebrated his 100th birthday on the 31st of July and enjoyed a wonderful celebratory birthday lunch amongst beloved ones. He took off for his last flight to join the angels on August 02nd few hours after his centenary birthday party…
So long Archie, it was an honour to meet you at Old Warden. With the disappearance of Archie McInnes, the last surviving members of "The Few" are: Squadron Leader John Hart, Flight Lieutenant William Clark, Flying Officer John Hemingway, Wing Commander Paul Farnes and Flight Lieutenant Maurice Mounsdon.
Lest We Forget…They did it all for us!

   
Archie McInnes: The RAF Volunterr Reserve begins, At War with "the few", The last show (2019)
The present page is dedicated to him and all the few!

#1 & #2 (via web archives) - #3 (Serge Van Heertum©)
601 Squadron during the Battle of Britain
(Coll Serge Van Heertum)
238 Squadron at Malta
(Coll Denis Eusicom)
 Spitfire backseat at 99 years old!
(Jonny Cracknell© via web)
Like a child...
(On board camera via web)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 
Military Pageant Airshow
(Serge Van Heertum©)

 Today's menu...
(Pierre Taquet©)
Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB (FE511)
North American T-6H Harvard Mk IV (AJ841)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Gardan GY-20 Minicab
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Staaken Z-21A Flitzer
(Serge Van Heertum©)
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hatz CB-1
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Nellie B"
(Anthony Graulus©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)

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#1 (Pierre Taquet©) - #2 (Serge Van Heertum©)
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De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth - Blackburn B-2 - Avro 626 Tutor
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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Schneider SG38 (EoN Primary)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
Gloster Gladiator Mk.I
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sally B"
(Anthony Graulus©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 De Havviland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 & Percival Provost T.1 
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)

#1 (Pierre Taquet©) - #2 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
The Great War Era:
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a - Bristol M1C - Sopwith Triplane
Nieuport 17 - Sopwith Camel F.1 - Avro 504K

(Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
Miles M14a Hawk Trainer
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Slingsby T-21B Sedbergh TX1
(Pierre Taquet©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The Royal Jordanian Falcons aerobatic team Extra 330 LX
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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Focke-Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Anthony Graulus©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Westland Lysander Mk III
(Anthony Graulus©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Anthony Graulus©)
Polikarpov Po-2
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 
 
The Shuttleworth Hawker Hurricane tribute and in flight record
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib (Z7015)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (P2902)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (V7497)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (P3700)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (R4118)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (P3717)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc (PZ865)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The 7 magnificent
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Somewhere above the chanel in 1940?
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Anthony Graulus©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
Archie McInnes, this page is dedicated to you
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The warrior at rest
(Pierre Taquet©)
 
The final Edwardian: Deperdussin 1910
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Blackburn Monoplane
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Bristol Boxkite
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 

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