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The UDCVS meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the 'Thorney Park Golf Club', Thorney Mill Lane, Iver, Bucks. SL0 9AL (sometimes it’s the 2nd Wednesday in December) starting at 8 p.m. Map
List Of All Meetings For 2017
Talk by: Fritha Irwin
If you were watching the TV program Secrets of the National Trust, on 21st February you would have seen Fritha talking to John Culshaw about the manor.
Anne & I made notes about the program.
The house was built at the end of the 18th century, in 1862 Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minster) bought & remodeled it, for his home.
The RAF took it over in 1941, the paintings and furniture were removed, and drafting desks put in. It was code named “Operation Hillside”
All the staff (over 100) were sworn to secrecy, and there were no military guards, so no one outside, knew what was going on there.
Many years later, after the war when the manor was opened to the public a member of the staff overheard a Mr. Victor Gregory who was visiting, saying to his grandson “that is where my desk was during the war”, that was in 2004.
The staff asked him for more information but he said that he was still covered by the Official Secrets Act and could not say more and to contact the Ministry of Defense
The trusties contacted the Ministry and then Mr. Gregory was given permission to tell his story. In 1941 he was a 19 years old, and in the RAF, previously he was a printer. He was now a cartographer, making maps of Germany.
Because there were no up to date maps of Germany, bombs were being dropped up to 5 miles off target.
Photo reconnaissance planes were flown from nearby RAF Benson. The film was developed in the old ice house, by the “Ice House Boys”.
The maps were then drawn up by the likes of Victor, and issued to the RAF.
The Germans knew of Hillside but did not know where it was. It was never bombed.
Being a Football Referee
Talk by: Colin Downey