Winston Churchill visits 615 Squadron RAAF at Biggin Hill.
Biggin Hill, Kent.
MV. Winston Churchill, Honorary Air Commodore, accompanied by RAF (Royal Air Force) officers inspecting members of ground staff at Biggin Hill airfield. He is visiting 615 Squadron RAAF (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) SCU. Churchill inspecting staff. GV. Personnel lined up for Churchill's speech - no sound. SV. Back view, airmen listening to Churchill. SCU. Churchill speaking. SV. Pan, air crews. SV. Jet taxiing. LV. Jet taxiing. SV. Churchill accompanied by air force chiefs, including Air Marshal Sir Basil Embry and Squadron Leader Neville Duke, seated on control tower. CU. Churchill cupping hand to ear. MV. Jets flying overhead in formation. CU. Churchill and Neville Duke. MV. Jets flying past.
Amendment December 2014: A visitor to the site has written in with the following information. Churchill is joined by Group Captain Arthur Donaldson (right) and Squadron Leader Neville Duke (middle) in shot 16 and 17. In 1951, Duke commanded No 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron, RAuxAF, whose Honorary Air Commodore was Winston Churchill – hence the visit by Churchill to RAF Biggin Hill on 21st June 1951 when Arthur Donaldson (then a Wing Commander) was the Station Commander.
Arthur Donaldson was one of three brothers who served in the RAF during WW2. His brother Teddy Donaldson broke the World Air Speed Record in a Gloster Meteor on 7th September 1946. On 7th September 1953, Neville Duke broke the World Air Speed Record in a Hawker Hunter and awarded an OBE for his contribution to supersonic flight.