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RAF 100: Redbridge residents capture ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ flypast on film

PUBLISHED: 14:01 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 10 July 2018

Chinook fly over St Peter's Church Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Chinook fly over St Peter's Church Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

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As aircraft fill the sky like flocks of exotic birds, eagle-eyed Redbridge residents have been capturing them on camera.

Chinook helicopters fly over St Peter's Church Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron JeffriesChinook helicopters fly over St Peter's Church Aldborough Hatch. Photo: Ron Jeffries

Twenty five different types of aircraft - including Chinook helicopters and C-17 Globemaster aeroplanes - are travelling from near Ipswich across the capital to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force today (July 10).

Photographer Ron Jeffries, of Aldborough Hatch, has been snapping the flypast which is taking him back to his schoolboy years during the Second World War.

“I can remember going to the shelter at the bottom of the garden in Newbury Park,” he said.

“I always remember the planes going up from Fairlop airfield and the guns in Fairlop Park.

The RAF 100th anniversary flypast coming over Fairlop WaterThe RAF 100th anniversary flypast coming over Fairlop Water

“In the morning kids would go and pick up shrapnel,” he laughed.

He added that St Peter’s Church, in Aldborough Road, also has a Canadian Jewish pilot buried in its church yard.

Aircraft spelling out 100 in honour of the centenary. Picture: Ken MearsAircraft spelling out 100 in honour of the centenary. Picture: Ken Mears

The pilot was killed over London in a training flight just before the end of the First World War.


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