The Allen Rowley Collection

This section of the photo gallery is dedicated to Mr Allen Rowley, who for many years had a close association with RAF Church Fenton. Whilst the name may not immediately be recognised by most, many attendees of the SSAFA Air Displays would recognise him as the voice behind the commentary for many of the displays.

His daughter Suzanne and her partner Geoff Carter have very kindly made available to me a number of items from his archive, and this section of the photo gallery is intended to act as an on-line record of his remarkable career and achievments.


Air-air photo of 72 Sqn Gloster Gladiators from Church Fenton, 1938
John Dundas at Church Fenton, 1939
Blackburn Beverley on approach to Church Fenton for the first SSAFA display, 1963
Crowds gather around a Gloster Javelin at Church Fenton, 1963
USAF aerial refuelling demonstration, 1963
Primary Flying Squadron aircrew, 1967. Some of the names include (L-R) Master Pilot Graham Forrester, Flt Lt Stan Witchall, Flt Lt Frank Darlington, Flt Lt William Mason.
Aerial photo from the 1968 air display
Aerial photos from the 1970 air display
The Red Arrows pilots "formation walk" at the 1970 air display
2FTS Chipmunks on the line at Church Fenton, 1971
The control tower, 1971
Sqn Ldr Peter Clee climbs in to a Lightning at Church Fenton, 1975
Aerial photos from the 1976 air display
Aerial photos from the 1978 air display
RNHF Fairey Swordfish displaying at the 1978 display. This aircraft was built down the road at nearby Sherburn-in-Elmet
Newspaper cutting from the Yorkshire Evening Post, 13th Dec 1979 about the RAF Church Fenton Model Railway Club
Allen Rowley in front of gate guardian Spitfire BM597, 1980
Allen discusses tactics in front of gate guardian Spitfire BM597 
British Airways Boeing 747 completes a low flypast at the 1980 display 
Red Arrows at the 1980 display 
Aerial photos from the 1983 display 
Part of the static display and crowds at the 1983 display 
Red Arrows at the 1983 display 
C141 at the 1983 display 
Rolls-Royce company Spitfire RM689 at the 1984 display, with Hunter, Phantoms and Harrier in the background
Nick Wilkinson, the station bird controller with his Peregrine Falcon, 1985 
Rolls-Royce company Spitfire RM689 at the 1986 display 
Blackburn B2 at the 1987 display