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EVENT Talk : Coins & MedalS
DATE Saturday 11 July 2009, 7.30pm
Talk on 'Coins & Medals' by guest speaker Joe Dyke from Sutton Coldfield.
Organised by the Mid-Warwickshire Antiques Society.
Bar, parking and stair lift.
VENUE Warwick University Sports Pavilion, Coventry
TICKETS 4 - visitors
DETAILS Barbara 01926 779475.
 
EVENT TALK : The Victorian Medical World
DATE Monday 13 July 2009, 7.30pm
Talk by June Adams.
Organised by Coventry Family History Society.
VENUE Old Coventrians, Tile Hill Lane, Coventry
TICKETS 50p members / 1 non-members
DETAILS enquiries@covfhs.org / www.covfhs.org
 
EVENT Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society MEETING
DATE Tuesday 14 July 2009, 7.30pm
Our monthly research meetings are friendly and informal. Everyone is welcome, you do not have to join straight away but can come along as a guest for up to two sessions.
At our meetings the library’s records and facilities plus those of the society are available for you to carry out your research. We have a bookstall selling society publications and a microfiche reader hire service and microfiche lending library. We have experienced genealogists on hand to give expert advice on where to start, or where to look next, and how to use or find the records you need.
VENUE Nuneaton Library, Church Street, Nuneaton
TICKETS 2 per member; 3 per guest
DETAILS www.nnwfhs.org.uk
 
EVENT BOOK SIGNING : Southern African Top Guns
DATE Thursday 16 July 2009, 5.30pm
Former Fleet Air Arm Top Gun, Brigadier-General Dick Lord, is coming to the UK for a unique book signing event at the Midland Air Museum.
South African Dick joined the Royal Navy as an air cadet in 1958, where he qualified as a pilot flying Sea Venoms and Sea Vixens. He then went on to serve on board the aircraft carriers Centaur, Victorious, Hermes and Ark Royal on cruises around the world. In the mid ’60s, he was selected for a two-year exchange tour with the US Navy, flying A4 Skyhawks and F4 Phantoms out of San Diego, California. He completed tours of air warfare instruction, flying Hunters out of the naval air stations at Lossiemouth, Scotland and Brawdy, Wales.
In the early ‘70’s, Jo’Burg born Dick returned to South Africa. He joined the South African Air Force (SAAF), flying Impalas, Sabres and Mirage IIIs. During the Border War, he commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZs into Angola, followed by running air force operations out of Oshikati, Windhoek and SAAF Headquarters in Pretoria. He was mentioned in dispatches for his role in the remarkable rescue of all 581 people from the ill-fated liner Oceanos. A highlight of his career was organizing the successful fly-past of 76 aircraft for Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994.
Dick is the author of 'From Fledgling to Eagle and Vlamgat - the Story of the Mirage F1 in the South African Air Force', books distributed in the UK by the Rugby based publishing house, 30 Degrees South UK.
With Group Captain Peter Petter-Bowyer, formerly of the Rhodesian Air Force, Dick will be hosting ‘Southern African Top Guns’. He will be on hand to talk of his experiences and sign copies of his books. What’s more, the Midland Air Museum has kindly offered to open up the cockpits of aircraft used by the South African and Rhodesian Air Forces.
VENUE Midland Air Museum, Coventry
TICKETS Entrance by free ticket available on application from steve@30degreessouth.co.uk
DETAILS www.30degreessouth.co.uk

 

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