In the last post we had just put out a request for information on the suspected crash site and relatives and since then we’ve had a great response.
To start with Rodney Robinson came across and had a look at the initial wreckage we found. Rodney is something of a local authority on RAF Catfoss and has spent much of his life researching the airfield and air crashes from it – see here.
He took a single look at the wreckage and has decreed that it definitely comes from an aircraft – based on the material grade and also the diagnostic etch primer used on it, which vindicates our original suspicions. Rodney also brought the Operational Records Book across we had been looking for:
On the relatives side; Many thanks to Lesley Littlewood and “Englandphil” on WW2talk forum who within a few hours had found us relatives of the pilot – the cousin’s children who live between them in Gateshead, Swansea and Perth (Australia). However one of them, Margaret, had already made contact with us and I am delighted to say will be opening the hide for us on Sunday. She is also going to bring us a photo of Flt Sergeant McBean so we can put a face to the name.
However one of the most interesting pieces if information came via John Oliver of Durham, who in his youth was a neighbour of Sergeant McBean’s Mother. He remembers as a child accompanying her to lay flowers on Angus’s grave and most interestingly of all was given his bird book – as it turns out Flight Sergeant McBean had been a birder! So a hide in his honour I am sure he would appreciate…
Again there will be the free open day on Sunday for the event from 1 til 4 – with the dedication at 3pm. We’ll pop photos of the day on the blog subsequently.
Now to bird news!
The avocets have constructed their nest and are showing great promise – thanks to HVWG for these shots of them at work: