A fascinating story of bravery and daring during World War Two will launch a new series of Sunday afternoon talks with a wartime theme at the Battle of Britain Memorial just outside Folkestone in Kent.
The first of the 2020 talks presented by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust will be held on Sunday March 8 at 2.30pm, when author and historian Stephen Howarth will present 'The Shetland Bus'.
This was the name given to a clandestine special operations group that repeatedly defied stormy seas to cross from mainland Shetland in Scotland to German-occupied Norway between 1941 and the surrender of Nazi Germany on May 8, 1945. Norwegian seamen risked their lives sailing thousands of miles in hurricanes, fog and darkness in small fishing boats to take supplies and saboteurs into the fjords and return with refugees.
Stephen, a professional history writer whose father, Lt David Howarth RNVR was one of those who organised the trips, will deliver the talk in The Wing at the clifftop home of the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. Other Sunday afternoon talks already lined up include Richard Kornicki on 'The Polish Air Force in the West' (March 22) and Anthony Inglis Howard-Williams on 'My RAF Family' (April 5). For a complete schedule, see https://www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/events
Tickets can be booked by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org