This is a very well known story locally as RAF Hibaldstow is about 30 miles
from here and the guides at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Coningsby
delight in regaling the story to all of their visitors (often incorrectly!) when
they come to AB910.
Attached you will find two articles that I have put together with associates over the years; one for ‘Air Link’, the newsletter of the Lincolnshire Aviation Society, the other for a memorial booklet for a reunion at Hibaldstow (Neill Cox was present at one of these). Also, several relevant pictures. The small b/w of Miss Horton on the tail of AB910 was taken at Coltishall in 1958 and she appears to be wearing RAF or ROC uniform. (This is credited to Patrick Otter who was a journalist with the Grimsby Evening Telegraph – he might still be around if anyone wanted to source the original. It almost certainly came from one of his books but I can’t remember which one.) The Daily Telegraph article is dated March 1968 which suggests that she was in the ROC for at least 10 years. Neill Cox is 5th from the right, second row from the back in the group pic.
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I served on 2/Q1 in the 1960's and remember Ida Horton (she was always known as Ida) from cluster meetings. I had been told of her amazing exploit and remember talking to her about it when I gave her a lift after a meeting on one occasion.
I think she was only ever a W/Obs and remember that she worked as a nurse at the Royal Star and Garter home for disabled ex servicemen in Richmond.
Regards, Colin B.