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Lecture Programme :

All lectures are held (unless otherwise stated) during our monthly meetings at our Kents Hill Community Centre venue (see the 'Contact Us' page for full details).

Doors open at 19.30 for a 20.00 start. 

11th June 2024

Dave Thomson - History of RAF Henlow

Dave Thompson, of the RAF Henlow Signals Museum, will tonight present a history of RAF Henlow.  This will include the origin of the site in 1917, WW1 and interwar years, its valuable contribution to WW2 as a Maintenance Unit, post-war use and the future of the site

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SIGNALS MUSEUM, RAF HENLOW, AT THE EARLIER TIME OF 7.00PM.  WE NEED TO INFORM RAF HENLOW IN ADVANCE WHO WILL BE ATTENDING SO PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR NAME TO CHRIS ON cj.bos@ntlworld.com FOR PRE-REGISTRATION.

9th July 2024

Alan Marlow - 'Operation Backfire'

Alan Marlow is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society who tonight tells us of the little remembered Operation Backfire.  This was a military scientific operation during and after the Second World War that was performed mainly by British staff. The operation was designed to completely evaluate the entire V-2 rocket assembly, interrogate German personnel specialized in all phases of it, and then to test and launch missiles across the North Sea

13th August 2024

David Roberts - Most Secret – Defford Airfield and the Story of Airborne Radar

Most of us have heard of Bletchley Park – but from 1942 to the 1960’s, this quiet Worcestershire backwater was one of the most secret places in Britain, and carried out scientific work that was less well known, although just as vital to the Allied war effort.  David Roberts of the Defford Airfield Heritage Group explores an eighteenth century mansion and landscape park, a busy wartime airfield, and the early history of airborne radar and electronics

10th September 2024

MKAS Signature Lecture

75th Anniversary of the End of The Berlin Airlift

MKAS are proud to present a special evening commemorating the Berlin Airlift which ended in 1949.

Operation Plainfare was a remarkable Allied effort to maintain supplies to West Berlin by air after the Soviet blockade of all land routes.

Joining us to present different aspects of the Airlift are Aldon Ferguson, Military Aviation Historian, and Dr Doris Mueller-Toovey, Head of New Conception at the Museum of Military History, Gatow

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HUNT HOUSE, PAULERSPURY, AT THE EARLIER TIME OF 7.00PM.  WE NEED TO INFORM THE HUNT HOUSE IN ADVANCE WHO WILL BE ATTENDING SO PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR NAME TO CHRIS ON cj.bos@ntlworld.com FOR PRE-REGISTRATION.

FREE FOR MKAS MEMBERS, £10.00 FOR VISITORS

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Details to follow

8th October 2024

Aldon Ferguson - The Allied Invasion of Iceland

After the Nazis had occupied Norway Britain was fearful that they would try to occupy Iceland and the Faroe Islands, so they made a ‘friendly ‘ invasion on 10 May 1940 when four British ships, full of Marines, landed unopposed at Reykjavik, without a single shot being fired and no loss of life.  Historian Aldon Ferguson explains how the British promised to stay out of Islandic politics and were quickly accepted and the war became known there as ‘The Blessed War’ as the British protected them from Nazi invasion but more importantly gave work to the locals in building roads, bridges, barracks, hospitals and everything necessary for an occupying army.  25,000 British troops were stationed there for a while but they were needed back in Britain after France fell, so Churchill persuaded Roosevelt to take over as guardian

12th November 2024

Les Evans - Electric and Hydrogen Powered Aircraft

Details to follow

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