The developer building more than 150 homes on a World War II airfield in Bucks is inviting the local community to a free-for-all Spitfire Spectacular at the end of this month.

A highlight of the event on Saturday, April 28, to celebrate the heritage of the site that was once RAF Thame in Haddenham, will be a thrilling display by a vintage Spitfire. 

It’s due to start at 2.15pm.

The Aspen Park development being built by Wooburn Green-based Cala Homes has been named after a flying officer from the village.

The housebuilder’s regional sales and marketing director Helen Colman explains: “Like many towns and villages, a number of Haddenham residents fought and died during the First and Second World Wars.

“They’re remembered on the War Memorial in the centre of the village.

“There are also nine registered war graves at St Mary’s Church in Haddenham, one of which is Flying Officer Harold Milne Aspen.

“He served in the Royal Air Force 53rd Squadron during World War II and was killed in action on August 13 1940 aged 45.

“The name Aspen Park was chosen in his honour and in memory of all those from Haddenham who gave their lives for their country.”

The housebuilders are hoping the “free of charge vintage extravaganza will be a fun day out for all the family.”

There’ll be cream teas, ice cream and live music from a 40s duo. “It’s a real coup to have our very own private Spitfire display putting on a show for us,” says the sales boss. “We hope as many people as possible will join in the wartime festivities.

“Every child will be given a balsa wood plane to take home as a memento.”

Obviously the developers are hoping flocks of visitors will find time to take a look at the trio of four bedroom show houses before the show ends at 3.30.

When the development is finished there will be 163 houses in a variety of three-five bedroom designs.

Prices range from £605,950 to £724,950 for the collection of three and four bedroom styles in the first phase called The Pavilion.