Remembrance Sunday. The pilot of the crashed Wellington was Flying Officer Vivian Rosewarne and among his personal belongings was ‘An Airman’s Letter’ written to his mother.
The Station Commander at the time considered the words to be a morale boost and the letter was published in The Times on 18th June 1940 and subsequently the story was told in a short film. Squadron Leader Darren Henry laid a wreath at Rosewarne’s Grave and Mrs Caroline Henry laid a posy on behalf of the ‘Mothers, Wives and Sweethearts’.
A Lancaster crew had crashed just outside of Veurne on 28th May 1944 and the crew are laid to rest at the church in Eggewaartskapelle. 38 Squadron, including Lancasters and Wellingtons, was the shadow squadron for 236 OCU, predecessor of 42(R) Squadron which until recently flew Nimrods. On 13th November 2011 Remembrance Sunday 42(R) Squadron’s old standard was formerly handed over to the Church in Eggewaartskapelle led by Wing Commander Walsh from RAF Kinloss and recorded on Belgian television. Squadron Leader Henry from RAF Marham read the names of fallen crews. Thanks go to Mr Alistair ‘Dinty’ More AFC (ex-Air Loadmaster) who at 81 years old still liaises with RAF Marham and the Town of Veurne to keep this event running every year, ‘Lest We Forget’.
Written by Sqn Ldr Darren Henry