Free ice cream at air command

BFBS Radio’s Op ICE CREAM VAN has again visited the staff of RAF High Wycombe spreading a little summer cheer to personnel at the Buckinghamshire base.

On a sunny afternoon, the ice-cream van, painted in Desert Camouflage, rolled onto camp playing “The Great Escape” and served almost 1,000 ice-creams to families, friends and colleagues of deployed personnel. High Wycombe’s RAFA team were out in force to capitalise on the crowds at the event, raising over £900 and recruiting 9 new members for the charity.

Also wowing the crowd were local RAF enthusiasts, Caroline and Colin Scheel, with their Battle of Britain and Bomber Command tribute motorbikes. The bikes, a Harley Davidson V Rod and a Triumph Bonneville, have been lovingly painted with scenes depicting the sacrifice made by the aircrew, ground crew and loved ones during the RAF’s “Finest Hour”. Churchill’s famous “Few” speech is even ghosted into the paintwork. Since 2007 Caroline and Colin have been travelling around the country, attending air shows and helping raise awareness of the brave sacrifices made by many during the war years. Caroline said:

“Many people ask us why we have given up so much time and effort to promoting what the RAF sacrificed during the war and that is the answer really – to get the kids to ask what it was all about.”