War heroes remembered in a personal exhibition at Imperial War Museum Duxford

Alan Sinclair, with a Mk.1 Supermarine Spitfire, of the type of aircraft that his father, Gordon wou

Alan Sinclair, with a Mk.1 Supermarine Spitfire, of the type of aircraft that his father, Gordon would have flown. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

In an intimate tribute to war heroes from RAF Duxford, an exhibition was launched on Thursday to remember seven local people who served in the air force in the Second World War.

Carl Warner, who inspired the Exhibition, with a sample day in the life of the 78th. Fighter Group.

Carl Warner, who inspired the Exhibition, with a sample day in the life of the 78th. Fighter Group. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

The People in The Battle of Britain exhibition was launched by family members of the heroes, including cousins of Women’s Auxillary Airforce member Maria Blewitt and the son of Gordon Sinclair, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1940.

Gordon’s son Alan spoke of his pride in seeing his father’s mementos at the exhibition, but added: “Like many of those involved in the war, he never disclosed much about his escapades.”

Alan Sinclair alongside the photgraph of his father, Gordon. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Alan Sinclair alongside the photgraph of his father, Gordon. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

Maria’s cousin Chaz Bazeley said: “She was a fun loving, and out going person, and it is wonderful that she has been chosen as the only female represented here.

“She would have been so delighted with all this.”

Chaz Bazeley, cousin of Maria Blewit, in frame. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Chaz Bazeley, cousin of Maria Blewit, in frame. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant


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