Tuesday 28 June 2022

Queen Elizabeth 11 Last Visit to Sheffield - Thursday 18th November 2010

 From the Sheffield Star dated Wednesday 17th November 2010

Her Majesty was accompanied by her husband Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and I am pretty sure that this was his last visit to the city prior to his death on 9th April 2021.

The photo below is Sitran which is part of the University of Sheffield and was opened officially by the Queen  on Thursday 18th November 2010

It is opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Glossop Road and is adjacent to what was Hanrahan's and later Loch Fyne's 

Hugh Dixon - the first prisoner of war to return home to Sheffield 1945

 I came across this article from the now defunct Sheffield Weekly Gazette dated Thursday 10th March 2005. It relates to the death of Hugh Dixon who died at the age of 84. In the article it refers to the fact that Hugh was the first prisoner of war to return home to Sheffield in 1945. 

 It is a harrowing story of Hugh's captivity at the hands of the Nazi's. There is an article that was written in the Sheffield Star dated 12th April 1945 that may furnish further information and so I have made a note of it for my next trip to the Local Studies Library   

Monday 27 June 2022

The Funeral of Squadron Leader Ken "Hawkeye" Lee (1915 - 2008)

 This cutting is from The Sheffield Weekly Gazette dated Thursday 7th February 2008 and refers to the funeral in Sheffield of Squadron Leader Ken "Hawkeye" Lee (1915 - 2008), one of "The Few" 

There is also a book that has been written about Ken 

Kenneth 'Hawkeye' Lee Battle of Britain Ace: Battle of Britain & Desert Air Force Fighter Ace Hardcover – 17 Feb. 2011
by Nick Thomas  (Author)

Following training Hawkeye Lee received his commission and was posted to 501 Squadron which was sent to support the Expeditionary Force in France, arriving on 10 May, only hours after the Blitzkrieg had been launched. Lee quickly opened his score, claiming several bombers during the first week of operations. Having been wounded when his Hurricane exploded following a dogfight, Lee was briefly rested but soon rejoined the Squadron before they moved to their first Battle of Britain base at Middle Wallop. Lee scored more damaged and destroyed enemy aircraft and by the end of July he was Mentioned in Dispatches. Lee was forced to take to his parachute for the second time. He later recalled how each of the Squadron s aces , even Ginger Lacey, had been shot down at least twice during that summer. Lee was later posted to 112 (Shark) Squadron, flying Curtis Kittyhawks on Fighter and Fighter-Bomber missions in North Africa and then to 260 Squadron which was heavily involved in the lead-up to the battle of El Alamein, seeking out and destroying enemy troop columns and fighting off the Luftwaffe which still had air superiority. In March 1943, 123 Squadron began Fighter-Bomber operations against Mediterranean targets, during one Lee was hit by AA and made a forced landing in an olive grove. He was captured and sent to Stalagluft III just in time to play a key role in the Great Escape.