Nevil Shute Norway Foundation

Newsletter dated June 2013

Letters to the Editor

FROM Gac29

A letter from Fred Depkin said that he is interested on making aircraft models. About ten years ago I made several paper models of the R100. One model was about 24 inches long and was made by enlarging the plans at Staples. The plans were obtained from: A more impressive model of the R100 (about 10 foot long) can be seen at the air museum near York, England.

FROM Chris & Penny Morton

We have received a copy of "FALLOUT" from Lawrence Johnston. It is available in the Australian NS library, c/o Nancy Anderson. The agreement is, that is not to be copied, so watch it, take the message to heart, and appreciate the foresight that inspired “On the Beach”.

FROM Chris & Penny Morton

I have had a crash and lost my address book completely!! It would be greatly appreciated if all Shutists with whom Penny and I have had contact over the last couple of years would drop us an email so we can reacquire email addresses, Thanks to all.

FROM Paul Spoff

Take the time to browse these incredible photos, many of them focusing on the two great wars.

Unusual and rare photographs.

FROM John Stanley

On 7 and 8 June I will, once again, be hosting a series of guided walks at Exbury on the south coast of England to commemorate the mysterious Junkers Ju 188 incident, which was famously fictionalised by Nevil Shute in ‘Requiem for a Wren’. The walks, which take about 2 hours, start with a description of Exbury’s involvement in the build-up to D-Day, which of course was the backdrop for much of ‘Requiem’. Then I outline what happened on the morning of 18th April 1944 when the Ju 188 flew alone across the Solent in broad daylight and ended up a burning wreck in a field close to Exbury House (which Shute called Exbury Hall). I walk each party to the exact spot where the German bomber came down and explain why its demise soon gave rise to a mystery which has endured to this day. I also explain how Lt Cdr Norway chanced upon the crash site on that April morning and why it became the subject of such lasting fascination for him.

There is still time to book a place on any of the walks. Further details are available at:

FROM John Anderson

UK Nevil Shute Reunion weekend 2014

Dates: - Friday 29th to Sunday 31st August 2014

Venue: - Holiday Inn, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5RJ

Tel: - 01329 443050 and ask for In House reservations. Please book directly with the hotel and mention you are attending the Nevil Shute reunion weekend.

Room rates £70 per room per night based on 2 night stay, £90 per room per night for 1 night stay. Rates include breakfast. There are some twin bed rooms for those who want to share.

Provisional programme:

Friday - Gather in the afternoon

Dinner on an ad hoc basis

Saturday:- Introduction

David Henshall – “Beyond the Black Rock”

David will talk about Shute’s sailing and other connections in the Solent area (He was scheduled to give this talk in Tasmania, but was unable to attend)


Laura Schneider – Nevil Shute at the Dartmouth ILEAD courses & book group

By cars to Hayling Island (approx 30 mins drive)

Lunch:- at the Ship Inn Langstone

Afternoon – Visit to grounds of Pond Head House, home of the Norway family

1941-1950. Visit to the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties Memorial

(Bill Duncan in Requiem for a Wren was a member of this group)

Evening – Dinner (venue etc. to be confirmed)


Showing of the excellent documentary film FALLOUT (90 mins).


Alison Jenner:- Plans for UK 2015



Afternoon - depart

Finally – if you are planning to attend this event please let me know by email to


That is it for this month, not a very long newsletter, but interesting I think. Please keep sending me items for the newsletter.

See you all next month