Talk on two historic air crashes to take place at archaeological society
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The excavation of two historic air crashes will be the first talk at Fenland Archaeological Society this month.
Speaker Anthony Haskins is a project officer at Oxford Archaeology East and has a BSc in archaeology and an MSc in zooarchaeology with research interests in aviation archaeology and the mesolithic.
During ten years with OAE he has excavated three separate aircraft: the Holme Fen Spitfire, the Kettering Halifax and P51-D Mustang 'Ellie May', which crashed at RAF Station Rackheath, Norfolk.
The talk and will cover the excavation of the Holme Fen Mark1A Spitfire X4593, with a brief discussion of the 'Ellie May' at Rackheath.
The Mark1A Spitfire was on a routine training flight when it dived into Holme Lode in the Great Fen on November 22 1940.
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It was flown by pilot officer Harold Penketh of 266 Squadron. A permanent memorial to Harold Penketh was recently unveiled in a dedication service near to the crash site.
The talk will take place on Wednesday January 22 at 7.30pm at Mendi's Restaurant in Market Place in Wisbech.
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Booking is essential at firstname.lastname@example.org or text full name and number of seats to 07765 172450.
Admission is £3 for non-members.