Aviation historian Bob Collis to host special presentation at Seagull Theatre in Pakefield

PUBLISHED: 10:11 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:11 02 November 2017

The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield.  Photo: Nick Butcher

The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield. Photo: Nick Butcher


A local aviation historian is giving people an insight into the stories behind the loss of some of the Lowestoft airmen serving in the RAF during the Second World War.

Bob Collis is giving a special presentation entitled ‘Failed To Return - The story of the Lowestoft airmen lost in the Second World War 1939-1945’ in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday at the Seagull Theatre in Morton Road, Pakefield this Saturday, November 4, at 7.30pm.

Mr Collis said: “A few local people were already serving in the RAF at the outbreak of war with Nazi Germany in 1939, but many were conscripted or rushed to join as soon as they became eligible.

“Quite a few of our First World War memorials carry only the names of army casualties from the awful carnage of the battles in France and Belgium. But in the Second World War the decisive role played by air power - and the cost - is reflected by the large numbers of RAF men on the memorials from that conflict.”

Using photos and details from his extensive archives, Mr Collis tells the stories of both the first and the last Lowestoft men to lose their lives whilst flying on active service in the Second World War.

Tragic cases of ‘friendly fire’, a Far East Prisoner of War, and the story of an American airman killed near Lowestoft - whose sister came to England on a journey of discovery to see the spot where he fell - are all included in the show.

Tickets are available via or call 01502 589726.

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