Super Seething Bader Braves – Young Aviators Day

A Super Day at Seething

Despite warnings of poor weather for our Bader Braves Young Aviators Day at Seething Airfield, a previous WW2 bomber station that had been home to 63 B-24 Liberator aircraft of the USAAF 448th Bombardment Group (Heavy), Sunday 7th August dawned bright and sunny and continued in that mode throughout the day. Despite being fairly “blustery” all of the Bader Braves in attendance were given a truly memorable day that put a smile on every face around.

The last of the Liberators departed in July 1945 and have now replaced by a vast assortment of light aircraft all in private or club ownership and all perfectly lined up in the early morning sunshine awaiting the arrival of The Braves. At 10.30 arrivals started and the 60 volunteers from the club including ground marshals, stewards, caterers, meters, greeters, check-in staff, caterers and, of course, pilots all under the wing and superbly organised by Steve Hiscox, sprung into action and within ten minutes the first Braves were airborne heading towards Lowestoft where they crossed the coast before turning towards Yarmouth from where they went on over the Broads in the direction of Beccles and returning to our Seething home for the day.

For those waiting on the ground for their flight there was much to see and do. Steve and his team had organised a whole load of fun and attractions; WW2 vintage military vehicles were there to give those Braves who wanted, a trip around the airfield, one of the members made his AC Cobra available for a pretty swift sortie along a disused runway. There were rides on one of the Seething Airfield fire appliances and loaned golf buggies provided transport to and from the waiting aircraft; the Control Tower Museum was open to visit, a face painter did a first class job of turning Braves into pirates, ladybirds, spacemen and a whole range of other characters whilst Mr Jugglefun kept everyone, young and old, thoroughly entertained throughout the day.

The weather held fair enabling everyone to collect their pic-nic bags and all join together on the grass at lunch time where the Braves were able to mingle with the pilots, fire & rescue team and the whole ground crew and pick their brains about aeroplanes and flying.

At the end of the day when everyone had taken their flight – even two or three in some cases – we were treated to the arrival of two magnificent vintage Mustang aeroplanes that dropped in en route to their home base following the completion of a display in Kent; it was a truly spectacular sight and a special treat when we were all invited to have a closer inspection of them and photograph them. And so, around 5.00pm, the day drew to a close, cars were loaded and the Braves bade farewell to Seething after a fabulous, perhaps tiring, but terrifically successful day.

There are so many people to thank; Baker & Larners of Holt who provided some of the picnic ingredients and who have made The Douglas Bader Foundation, and particularly Bader Braves, their charity of the year, Andrew Weatherly who generously provided all of the golf buggies for the day everyone who kept the Braves entertained throughout the day and, of course, Steve Hiscox without whom none of this would have happened, along with all of our magnificent friends at Seething Airfield – Thank you all for a super day.

* There are now some wonderful new photographs by Simon Finlay in the Bader Braves Gallery. Click on the Bader Braves Aeroplane to fly straight there:

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