William Buck filled the Methodist
School Room to capacity, bringing in visitors and
leading to more people joining the Local History Group.
This was the first time William has
presented his collection to the public. It was
astonishing to see what he has found beneath our soil,
with the aid of his metal detector and years of
painstaking research. There were perfectly preserved
aircraft engine parts that looked fit to be immediately
returned to service.
Did you know that every component
part of every warplane carried the serial number of that
plane? This means that finds can be traced back to
particular squadrons, to their crews and to the stories
of their action and demise.
Photographs and newspaper reports add
details, and the events of the 1940s can be brought
poignantly alive. The air corridor from Norfolk, through
The Wash to Birmingham was one of the great battlefields
of the Second World War, and the place where thousands
of men - British, Commonwealth, American and, yes,
German sacrificed their lives.
William Buck should be proud of his
collection - which is worth a great deal more exposure
than we were able to give it during one short meeting.