A Spitfire will fly over Ibsley Village Hall on August 30 as part of an event to remember the pilots who flew from the nearby airfield in World War Two.

One of those pilots was Sgt Ray Dean, a 19-year-old who left for France in his Spitfire and was shot down south of Cherbourg.

His nephew who was named after him decided to remember those men by organising a day to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

On Friday 30th at the New Forest venue between Ringwood and Fordingbridge in Hampshire’s New Forest there will be a screening of ‘Secret Spitfires’ – a documentary recounting how the iconic planes were built in secret in Salisbury.

Also at the ‘Sgt Ray Dean and the Pilots of Ibsley Day’ will be a replica Spitfire on display, a military vehicle display, a model exhibition, live music and a BBQ and licensed bar.

The interest in the subject has been shared on the ‘Sergeant Ray Dean and the pilots of Ibsley’ group on Facebook.

And the London Tavern in Poulner – where Sgt Dean and his fellow flyers used to drink – is also involved.

Organiser Ray Dean said: “My uncle was a local lad and worked in the bicycle shop in Ringwood.

“He was trained as a pilot in the war and in 1941 flew from Ibsley on a rhubarb mission – a term used to describe flying in low cloud and seeking targets on the ground to destroy.

“But he was shot down and died at the age of just 19. I was named after him and we wanted to remember him and his fellow Ibsley pilots.

“We have managed to get a Spitfire fly-past and there is a variety of other attractions which will be of interest to everyone.”

There are two types of tickets available; one that includes the film that will be shown at 12.30pm and the other for everything else which starts at 2:45pm.

Tickets including the film cost £17.50 and tickets for everything else cost just £10.50. Ticket prices includes BBQ.

Tickets are available from the London Tavern, Bransgore County Market or by calling 07905 994644.

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