What’s New?

Future Change of Address & New Postcode: It may be some months before a correct Post Code is entered in all SatNav databases, so for SatNav users, the old postcode BH23 8AU is still appropriate for the Museum until further notice.         Enter the Heatherstone Grange Estate from Derritt Lane and turn immediately left, following the road round the estate as in the map below:

Contact via e-mail remains the same, namely fonfa2010@gmail.com

Museum Opening arrangements for Summer & Autumn 2017:                                  The Museum Open Day Sundays for the next three months  are 6th  & 20th August, 17th September and 15th October. On all Open Days the Museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Annual Service at the New Forest Airfields Memorial in Black Lane BH23 8AB was held on Sunday 25th June at 2 p. m.  FONFA Members, local dignitaries and residents, interested visitors and holiday makers attended.                                                   Going forward, the Trustees plan to open the Museum on at least one Sunday a month through the summer and, in addition, will be pleased to welcome interested groups of fifteen or more on other days, by prior arrangement, via the e-mail address fonfa2010@gmail.com.                                                                                                                        If you would like to join FONFA as a new member, please see the enrolment form under the headline ‘Join Us or Make a Donation’ above.

If you represent a school or are a member of a group or represent a group of people who would like to arrange a visit to the Museum, during the winter months, please contact us well in advance via the website e-mail address: fonfa2010@gmail.com , with details of your request.                                       School parties are particularly welcome to visit, by arrangement.

N.B. Please be aware that we are required by law to have two trained Fire Warden Trustees on site, whenever members of the public are admitted. The Trustees, who are all unpaid volunteers, are willing to consider requests from groups of ten or more adults, to visit the Museum on mutually agreed days. We will do their best to accommodate such requests, in addition to our normal Outreach Programme for visits by local school parties.  

  

  • The Olivier LeFloche Newsletters – which commenced publication in July 2016, are published every two months – see the headline link on our home page. We are now up to Issue No. 7, in July 2017.

Olivier LeFloche – French WWII aviation enthusiast, archivist, investigator and author extraordinaire!

The USAF 367th Fighter Group, and all interested aviation enthusiasts and historians, have benefited from an excellent book written by Richard Groh, entitled ‘The Dynamite Gang – The 367th Fighter Group in World War II’. This book was published in English in 1983 by Charm Publications, Woburn, MA, USA, “through the contributions of the 367th Fighter Group Association”. It has now been out of print for many years and will not be reprinted. Copies have been lodged with the major Aviation Museums in the USA and UK, for future research purposes, together with video and audio historical records of the Group’s activities in WWII. In addition, FONFA is privileged to have one of these record packs.

In more recent years, French enthusiasts, headed by Olivier Le Floche and including Jean-Luc Gruson and Jean Pierre Gruson, have carried out extensive research into the airfields, crash sites and other locations in France, associated with the Group. They have developed a series of Newsletters, through correspondence with Association members and their families, and via local investigations in France.

These electronic Newsletters follow on from those paper newsletters previously circulated to Association members by the late Capt. Jack Curtis, 394th Fighter Squadron pilot and former Secretary/Treasurer of the Group Association, detailing specific incidents. These contained a wealth of detail, including even the names of German pilots shot down by 367th aircraft, and who shot them down, in major confrontations!

Olivier’s Newsletters chronicle general information and individual stories of the pilots, their families and supporting ground crew members. They contain many previously unpublished photographs and many new photographs taken in France, including recent aerial shots of the airfield sites, both used by and attacked by the 367th Fighter Group aircraft.

He started writing and distributing these Newsletters to the Group Association members and other interested parties, in 2002. There have now been 12 Newsletters and more are in preparation. Olivier has graciously given FONFA permission to publish these on the website and as hard copy in our Museum and Education Centre. For giving us and our visitors access to this invaluable and unique archive material, we are most grateful to him.

The Newsletters and all of their contents, including all photographs, remain the copyright of Olivier LeFloche in their entirety and may not be copied, stored in any retrieval system, redistributed or published in any way without his express prior permission.

Dr Henry Goodall, Chairman of Trustees, FONFA

 

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