Bob Tuxford who played a vital role in a Vulcan bombing raid during the Falklands War is to give a talk in Uckfield on Thursday, June 13.
He has been invited to town by The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Trust who are raising funds to restore a World War 2 Hawker Typhoon to flying condition.
Bob will talk about his role in Operation Black Buck 1, where his Victor was the last tanker to refuel a Vulcan bomber, piloted by Martin Withers, before it bombed Port Stanley airfield on the night of April 30/May 1, 1982.
Air Force Cross
For this mission Bob was awarded the Air Force Cross for Gallantry and his crew received Queen’s Commendations for Valuable Services in the Air.
In Uckfield, Bob will recount the planning and execution of Operation Black Buck 1, and how his quick thinking in the face of an ever-changing set of circumstances, and deteriorating weather, enabled the completion of one of the most audacious raids in aviation history.
Two Vulcans set off on the raid but one was forced to return soon afterwards. The other completed its return journey of nearly 8,000 miles – the longest ever bombing run in history – supported by 18 Victors which refuelled the bomber, and its airborne reserve initially.
Bob has agreed to take questions after his talk in Uckfield and to sign copies of his book CONTACT! which will be available in hardback to buy on the night for £20 a copy.
Tickets for the talk are £6 for members of The Hawker Typhoon Supporters Club and £9 for non-members.
They are available, along with more information about Bob Tuxford, via the Eventbrite website here.
Read more about The Hawker Typhoon Preservation Trust and its project to restore RB396, to flying condition, in other Uckfield News stories: