The First Race is the Sweetest

About a comment that was left on my blog

Hi – I hope it’s okay for me to comment. I took part in a 10km race on Sunday 3rd September called the Spitfire 10K. It was organised by the RAF Museum and held at RAF Cosford. Each runner was given the name of a pilot who was lost in the Battle of Britain to run in memory of. I was honoured to run with Sergeant Warden’s name on my vest (Noel Proctor Warden). I wasn’t able to find out very much about him prior to the race but I have written a blog post about the experience. If anyone is interested in reading it, it can be found here:

https://runningupthathillweb.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/the-first-race-is-the-sweetest/

I’m particularly hoping that Sergeant Warden may have some descendants who will visit this page in future.

Running Up That Hill

On Sunday 3rd September, I took part in my first ever official organised race, and what a race it was! The Spitfire 10K takes place at the RAF Museum based at RAF Cosford, Shropshire. The venue alone was worth taking part for – the course comprised hangars, airstrips, bunkers, and part of the museum itself.

I’d been looking forward to this race for a number of reasons; it was my first and so I would get to experience what happens on race day, it wasn’t far from home and my family were coming along to watch (and hopefully cheer), but most of all because the race organisers had allocated each runner the name of an RAF pilot who had fought and died in the Battle of Britain to run in honour of. I was particularly touched by this, and thought it was a poignant and important tribute.

spitfire 10kAbove: my race…

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Aero Legends Spitfire ‘Elizabeth’ sur Vimeo

‘I am researching the history of 126 wing/411 Squadron RCAF Spitfire NH341.  During June and early July 1944 the aircraft was flown on 27 operational missions by 9 pilots.  It was shot down on 2/7/44 but has undergone a restoration project and is now a flying T9 2 seat trainer.

We have made contact with the families of several of the pilots.  However I have been unable to find out much information or to make contact with the families of the following pilots who flew this aircraft:

  • SR ‘Ross’ Lindquist, (post war became a Lt Commander in the Canadian Navy)
  • DH Evans
  • NL ‘Fats’ Harrison
  • WR ‘Gibbie’ Gibson

 

If you have any info that could help it would be very much appreciated.  Thanks 

Nick Oram

View « Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 Visits Headcorn Aerodrome » on YouTube

‘I am researching the history of 126 wing/411 Squadron RCAF Spitfire NH341.  During June and early July 1944 the aircraft was flown on 27 operational missions by 9 pilots.  It was shot down on 2/7/44 but has undergone a restoration project and is now a flying T9 2 seat trainer.

We have made contact with the families of several of the pilots.  However I have been unable to find out much information or to make contact with the families of the following pilots who flew this aircraft:

  • SR ‘Ross’ Lindquist, (post war became a Lt Commander in the Canadian Navy)
  • DH Evans
  • NL ‘Fats’ Harrison
  • WR ‘Gibbie’ Gibson

 

If you have any info that could help it would be very much appreciated.  Thanks 

Nick Oram