SIR: I was interested to read in the May 28 edition of your paper that the Officers’ Mess of the former R.N Air Station at Worthy Down has been demolished.

In 1956 I was Flag Lieutenant and Personal Pilot to the Flag Officer Ground Training who at that time was responsible for several R.N. Air Stations including Worthy Down. As the Worthy Down airfield was so small we could not use our normal aircraft, a Sea Devon, but had to fly a rarely used double-weight Dominie aircraft.

When we arrived at Worthy Down, I would wait until the Admiral had disembarked, and then open the cockpit door and shout at the disembarking Staff Officers “Don’t eat too much b.... lunch or we shall never get off again!”

Antony Skinner,

Capt RN ret’d,

Bereweeke Road,