Collector’s Corner

Over the years the village of Raydon has produced a good number of reunion brochures and ephemera to mark the return of 353rd veterans. Here I’ve hauled them out of my files for your further information and guidance if you are, like me, an avid 353rd collector.

Cover of the report on the first return visit by a group of 353rd Veterans to Raydon, August 25-26, 1984. Next to unobtainable I should imagine (353rd FG Archive)

Cover of the report on the first return visit by a group of 353rd Veterans to Raydon, August 25-26, 1984. Next to unobtainable I should imagine (353rd FG Archive)

Report on the dedication of the Vestry Doors at Raydon Church, 1985 (353rd FG Archive)

Report on the dedication of the Vestry Doors at Raydon Church, 1985 (353rd FG Archive)

Brochure for the next reunion in September, 1990. Artwork by Dezil Reeves and text by Graham Cross. If you have one of these you are one of the lucky few. (353rd FG Archive)

Brochure for the next reunion in September, 1990. Artwork by Denzil Reeves and text by Graham Cross. If you have one of these you are one of the lucky few. (353rd FG Archive)

The above reunion brochure inspired Denzil Reeves and Graham Cross to collaborate on a brief history of the airfield in 1991. You can spot a first edition (there were only 500) by the quality blue cover that has a bumpy finish. Reeves produced a true work of art here. (353rd FG Archive)

The previous reunion brochure inspired Denzil Reeves and Graham Cross to collaborate on a brief history of the airfield in 1991. You can spot a first edition (there were only 500) by the quality blue cover that has a bumpy finish. Reeves produced a true work of art here and it even has a foreword by the late Roger Freeman. (353rd FG Archive)

Later print runs of the Raydon Airfield book have a flat-surfaced and lighter blue cover. The overall production is much poorer quality and rather misses the point of the first edition to my mind. The same text and photos as the first edition though (353rd FG Archive)

Later print runs of the Raydon Airfield book have a flat-surfaced and lighter blue cover. The overall production is much poorer quality and rather misses the point of the first edition to my mind. The same text and photos as the first edition though (353rd FG Archive)

A small group of veterans came back to Raydon in 1992 and a commemorative brochure with many wartime photos was produced (353rd FG Archive)

A small group of veterans came back to Raydon in 1992 and the Friends of Raydon Airfield Veterans published a commemorative brochure with many wartime photos (353rd FG Archive)

In 1995 the memorial on Raydon airfield was dedicated. The Raydon Airfield Preservation Society (who planned and built the memorial) produced a special booklet packed with wartime photos and information on the memorial. (353rd FG Archive)

In 1995 the memorial on Raydon airfield was dedicated. The Raydon Airfield Preservation Society (who planned and built the memorial) produced a special booklet packed with wartime photos and information on the memorial. It also has a picture of all the returning veterans – I got two copies signed by all the veterans as a souvenir  (353rd FG Archive)

1995 was a good year for producing reunion booklets - there was a further publication in the village that has some photos, artwork by Denzil Reeves and a brief history of the airfield by Gordon Kinsey (353rd FG Archive)

1995 was a good year for producing reunion booklets – there was a further publication in the village that has some photos, artwork by Denzil Reeves and a brief history of the airfield by Gordon Kinsey (353rd FG Archive)

Although not a reunion year, 1997 did see the first Raydon Wings airshow. The brochure has some nice pictures and a history of the airfield. Roger Freeman also wrote the foreward  again (353rd FG Archive)

Although it was not a UK reunion year for the Group, 1997 did see the first Raydon Wings airshow. The brochure has some nice pictures and a history of the airfield. Roger Freeman also wrote the foreword.(353rd FG Archive)

The last Raydon reunion for the 353rd was in September 1999. Raydon Wings put on an airshow and produced a brochure. Foreward by Roger Freeman, pictures of the returning veterans and an account of the Group's mission in September 1944 are included. The wise purchaser also got the vertans to sign their copy! (353rd FG Archive)

The last Raydon reunion for the 353rd was in September 1999. Raydon Wings put on an airshow and produced a brochure. Foreword by Roger Freeman, pictures of the returning veterans and an account of the Group’s mission in September 1944 are included. The wise purchaser also got the veterans to sign their copy! (353rd FG Archive)

Not strictly a reunion but the 2001 Raydon Wings Airshow produced another fine brochure. Foreword by Roger Freeman, tribute to 352nd pilot Clint Sperry and an article on Glenn Duncan. (353rd FG Archive)

Not strictly a reunion but the 2001 Raydon Wings Airshow produced another fine brochure. Foreword by Roger Freeman, dedication to 352nd pilot Clint Sperry and an article on Col. Glenn E. Duncan. (353rd FG Archive)

Not sure if this is of any help, but I had a fun afternoon going through my files…

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2 responses to “Collector’s Corner

  1. Stephen Maged

    My father in law was in the 351 fs and is pictured in your website, do you know of anyone in the UK or US that may have any related material to this unit, I am looking for an actual squadron insignia patch. He was a sergeant. And is pictured in your hq photo where you were not sure of the names anyway any help would be appreciated, this last posting was very Interesting because I know my father-in-law was stationed there Thanks I am in Maryland US A.

  2. David Donaldson

    Hi,

    Thanks for all your fantastic work. I showed this to Stephanie Sperry and she asked if it would be possible for you to scan the tribute to her father Clint and send it over so she can see it.

    We are planning to try to visit the UK next year and I am hoping we can fit in a visit to some of her dad’s haunts as well as a visit to some of my RAF postings. I will be sure to let you know if we visit so we can perhaps catch up over a beer.

    Thanks

    Dave

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