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"Never was so much owed by so many to so few"
- Winston Churchill

Events in Essex


The Heritage Lottery Funds has awarded £10,000 to Stow Maries Aerodrome to mark its centenary. As part of the lottery funded project, students from Colchester Institute will build a First World War flight simulator based on the Rocking Nacelle, which was used to train pilots in the First World War.

Dick Forsythe, Chief Trustee of the First World War Aviation Heritage Trust, said the money will be used to create the cockpit. The crews had to get airbourne in under-powered, fabric-covered biplanes, open to the elements that required enormous bravery to take-off, let alone fighting.


23rd March 2024, 09:30

Anniversary of Operation Varsity at 11am at the Memorial Site. Following a 2 minute silence there will be the opportunity to lay a wreath and members of the local community are welcome to join us should they wish to mark the occasion.

The Operation on 24th March 1945 was part of the boldest, most successful and also the last airborne operation of World War II, a vital part of what became known as “The Rhine Crossing”.

Forty three gliders were flown from Earls Colne Airfield, Essex. The operation included over 1,500 aircraft and 1,300 gliders, both American and British. It was the largest single lift of airborne forces ever undertaken.

In previous years we have welcomed the Army Air Corps, Wattisham for a service and parade. The Trustees and staff of Marks Hall Estate recognise the importance of continuing to mark this occasion and we hope you will be able to join us for a simple act of commemoration.

Visitors need to arrive by 9:00am at the latest to allow time to walk to the Memorial Site.

Telephone: 01376 563796.

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