Special Farewell

A service of internment (burial), of ashes took place at RAF Wittering for Mrs Thelma Alderdice. Mrs Alderdice served at Wittering as a WAAF Radio Operator during the Second World War. 

The station often receives requests for internment from former serving members of the RAF with a close connection to RAF Wittering.

It was while Mrs Alderdice served at Wittering  that she met her husband Flt Lt Geoffrey Alderdice, a Spitfire and Hurricane pilot who flew a MacRobert fighter.

According to her granddaughter Kate Richardson, the couple’s first meeting was over the airwaves when Flt Lt Alderdice requested permission to land at Wittering. Geoffrey Alderdice spent much of his war in the Near and Far East. At the cessation of conflict Thelma joined her husband on tours to Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. When their RAF career ended they settled in Northampton.

Grandchildren and great  grandchildren attended the service, led by Padre Adrian Dyer, next to Vigo Woods.

The family was then taken on a tour of the station and the Heritage Centre before enjoying a cuppa in the Officers’ Mess, which would be familiar to any returning WWII veteran.

 

PHOTO: The family of Thelma Alderdice attended a service of internment of her ashes led by Padre Adrian Dyer.

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