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The Flying Nightingales
The Flying Nightingales

Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Flying Nightingales at RAF Blakehill Farm

I had the honour of being invited to sing at the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Flying Nightingales. This significant event took place on Thursday, 13th June 2024, at the historic site of RAF Blakehill Farm.

Who Were the Flying Nightingales?

The Flying Nightingales were a remarkable group of female nurses and medical staff who bravely served during World War II. They were part of the Air Evacuation Service, transporting wounded soldiers from the battlefields of Europe back to Britain. These courageous women flew into war zones, provided critical care mid-air, and played a pivotal role in saving countless lives. Their dedication and bravery earned them the fitting nickname, “Flying Nightingales.”

The 80th Anniversary Commemoration

The 80th anniversary event at RAF Blakehill Farm was a fitting tribute to these incredible women. RAF Blakehill Farm itself is steeped in history, having served as a vital airfield during the war. The site was a perfect location to honour the legacy of the Flying Nightingales and reflect on their invaluable contributions.

As a vintage singer with a deep appreciation for the music and history of the 1940s, it was an immense privilege to be part of this commemoration. The atmosphere was poignant, with attendees including families, senior members of the RAF and history enthusiasts. Singing timeless classics from the era, I aimed to evoke the spirit and resilience of those who lived through those challenging times.

Reflecting on Their Legacy

The event was not only a celebration of the past but also a reminder of the bravery and compassion that defines the Flying Nightingales’ legacy. Their stories of courage and dedication continue to inspire us today. Meeting some of the members families was incredibly moving and reinforced the importance of remembering and honouring our history.

A Day to Remember

The 80th anniversary of the Flying Nightingales at RAF Blakehill Farm was a day filled with reflection, gratitude, and reverence. It was a privilege to contribute to the commemoration and to keep the memory of these extraordinary women alive through music. Their legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the strength and compassion that can emerge even in the darkest of times.

For more insights into my performances and upcoming events, stay tuned to my blog and social media channels. Together, we can continue to honour the past and celebrate the enduring spirit of the 1940s. Jayne Darling Singing Jayne Darling singing Jayne darling singing Jayne Darling alongside Kara Neave