Fleet fan Karl Howman screens film at Bluewater as part of RAF100

This year sees the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force with RAF100 events taking part around the country.

Ebbsfleet United are pleased to help promote the screening of a film to help celebrate that centenary, Secret Spitfires, directed by our well-known supporter, actor Karl Howman, who starred in Brush Strokes and EastEnders.

Karl, who attends matches at the Kuflink Stadium and travels to many of the away games with the Fleet, has co-directedSecret Spitfires with Ethem Cetintas and it will be shown for one day only at Bluewater’s Showcase Cinemas. The film documents the story of the workers who used sheds, workshops, garages, bus depots and hotels in Salisbury to build Spitfire parts in great secrecy to prevent their destruction by the Luftwaffe.

Four years in the making from research to screen, the film will be shown at 2.00pm on Sunday, July 1st at Bluewater, as part of the events commemorating RAF100.

Our own town’s connection to the RAF, of course, includes Gravesend Airport on the site of what is now Cascades Leisure Centre, which was operated by Fighter Command and flew Hurricanes during the Second World War, its pilots and ground crew taking part in the Battle of Britain. A display was unveiled there last weekend.

Closer to home, several players who played their football before the war at Stonebridge Road and went on to become household names served in the RAF, including Jack Acquroff, Ted Ditchburn, Bill Edrich, Les Howe and Les Medley.

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