Bernie has been a volunteer at Hughenden for the last five years and has become particularly interested in its secret wartime role. His talk, entitled "Hughenden at War", began with a brief introduction about Hughenden and Disraeli before quickly moving on to Hughenden's top secret wartime role in producing the target maps for Bomber Command during WW2.
The talk included the related and also secret activities performed both at RAF Benson and RAF Medmenham (currently Danesfield House).
Bernie Knill was born and brought up in North Devon. He joined BEA, the short haul predecessor of British Airways in 1964 as a commercial trainee and spent the next 36 years working his way around the airline and the world. He claims that one of his most enjoyable jobs was being posted to Stornaway as acting airport manager at the age of 19. No flights were allowed in on Sundays and the local constable would lock you in the pub after 10 pm on Saturday nights.
His last post in BA was to project manage the move to the company's new HQ campus near Heathrow where even the directors were persuaded to give up there enclosed offices. Before that he was a General Manager in the Air Cargo Division.