Diamond Jubilee Pixel Wall Charity Challenge
Our log book represents quite possibly the only surviving documentary record of the arrangements to get Her Majesty and her Household back to the UK after the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952. Please buy a piece of this historic document and support our Diamond Jubilee pixel wall fundraiser. ZAR50.00 (around US$6) will get you a block of 100 pixels, and you can buy more if you would like to.
Funds will go to the Medecins Sans Frontieres South Sudan Emergency Relief Fund, and payment is via charity engine GivenGain.
On 8 February 1952, two days after the death of King George VI, the Royal Household were on their way back from Kenya, flown by the RAF VIP Detail in Hastings 491, with Dad in the cockpit. They left Mombasa on the morning of the 8th and stopped over for the night (or perhaps just for fuel) at Wadi Seidna near Khartoum in the Sudan.
On 8 February 2012, 60 years later to the day, I delivered the log books to the RAF Museum in Hendon, where they can be viewed by appointment in the Reading Room.
And on 8 February 2013, 61 years later to the day, and with a humanitarian emergency in South Sudan, the pixel wall fundraiser to sell the log of the flight went live again. Please buy your piece of this unique image and help MSF in their wonderful work of providing clean water and medical care to the stream of refugees in South Sudan.
Want to see the physical log books? If you are in the UK, you can make an appointment to view them at the RAF Museum Reading Room in Hendon. The Reading Room is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5pm daily.
Kenya Royal Household Trip: February 1952
Pound-a-Pixel Charity Challenge
Our log book represents quite possibly the only surviving documentary record of the arrangements to get Her Majesty and her Household back to the UK after the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952. We've been researching this for the last few years: the operation had to be organised in a great hurry, and there is no operations record (which is not unusual for the period) and also nothing in the Royal Archive at Windsor Castle. It is thus a very valuable and historic document, and belongs in the Royal Air Force Museum.
I travelled to the UK and took the entire log book collection, including this one, to the RAF Museum in Hendon, on 8 February 2012, during the week of the 60th anniversary of the flight. Currently the collection is in potential acquisition status, i.e. I am still the owner.
Will you help buy a little piece of this historic document for the Museum as a Diamond Jubilee gift to Her Majesty, so that it can be kept in safety, where it belongs? All your purchases go straight to charity.
Here's how it works:
- Click on Buy Pixels on the image on this page.
- You will be directed to our pixel wall, a copy of the image above broken up into blocks each containing 4 pixels (so the minimum donation is 1 block, or £4). Unpurchased pixels are overlaid with another image.
- Follow the Buy Pixels prompts.
- Click to select one block of pixels, or click and drag to select more.
- You will be asked for your email address (so we can acknowledge your donation and enter you in our Surprise Prize draw).
- You will then be routed to the JustGiving charity engine for payment. We are supporting four charities in different proportions, and you will be directed automatically to the correct fundraising page. You will at no stage be asked to give Burning Blue any payment and we do not collect or store your credit or debit card details. (If you would like to help contribute to project expenses, there is a link on this page, but no pixels are associated with this.)
- Once you have made your payment, the pixels you purchased will be allocated to your email address. A little piece of this document will belong to you, and the pixels will show up as purchased on the wall.
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I was raised by a great storyteller. My late father, Squadron Leader D W Barnard (better known as Barney or Barny), served in both the South African Air Force and the Royal Air Force, and after 25 years as a military pilot changed gears, went into computers, developed a passion for IBM mainframes, and ended his working life as Systems Support manager at Safmarine Computer Services, which was recently bought by IBM.