RAF Veteran Harry Reed DFC Donates Uniform to RAF Heritage Centre on Visit to RAF Marham
Veteran World War II pilot Harry Reed DFC contacted the curator of the RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre recently, to offer his wartime uniform for display within the centre.
Harry was based at Great Massingham and Little Snoring in Norfolk during the World War II under the command of 100 Group flying Mosquito night fighter aircraft on intruder operations over enemy territory. The concept of operations for these missions was to seek out and shoot down the enemy night fighters who were intercepting and attacking the allied bombers. The 100 Group answer to the problem was to send Mosquito Airborne Interception radar modified night fighters with the RAF heavy bomber force.
Mr Reed visited the Heritage Centre on Thursday April 3rd just after the centre celebrated its first anniversary and was given the opportunity to compare flying log books with the Station Commander Gp Capt Smyth. After presenting the Station Warrant Officer and curator of the Heritage Centre with his uniform, Mr Reed and his wife Barbara were accompanied by the Station Commander to IX (B) Squadron where a Tornado pilot briefed Mr Reed and his wife on the capabilities of the Tornado GR4. Then it was off to the Officers’ Mess for afternoon tea.
After speaking at length to Mr Reed, WO Roberts said; “The uniform jacket will provide an excellent centrepiece to a future display on the history of 100 Group in Norfolk,” stated the curator WO Steve Roberts, ‘’Harry has been so generous in offering us his uniform, we thought it would be a great idea to invite him to the Heritage Centre and to meet with the Station Commander Group Captain Smyth who is also a holder of the DFC.’’
Mr Reed thanked the Station Commander Gp Capt Smyth for taking time out of his day to re-connect him with the Royal Air Force which he loved and he also paid special tribute to the Tornado pilot who would soon be readying himself for another tour of duty in Afghanistan.