Our guest speaker on the day will be Jonny McNee who will give a talk describing the fascinating events behind his discovery and excavation in 2011 of Pilot Officer Roland ‘Bud’ Wolfe’s Spitfire P8074 from deep beneath the peat on the Glenshinny mountain, Inishowen Peninsula, Co Donegal. This aircraft served with 133 (Eagle) Squadron RAF in mid 1941 who were based for a short period of time at RAF Eglinton – now the City of Derry Airport.
The iconic fighter’s war time donation by successful Canadian businessman Garfield Weston, its incredible state of preservation and the firing of one of its recovered Browning machine guns – watched by over a million people on the BBC website – catapulted the P8074 story onto a global stage.
The discovery and excavation of Spitfire P8074 was recorded as part of the groundbreaking BBC NI series ‘Dig WW2’ first broadcast in Spring 2012. Significant items recovered from the dig will be on display. Copies of Mr McNee’s book ‘The Story of the Donegal Spitfire’ (£9.95) will also be available to purchase at the talk.
Please book with Cormac McWilliams at the bar during the club’s new opening hours