Wartime Tragedies Remembered
The crews of three WWII crashed aircraft are now remembered on a new memorial in the Norfolk village of Weasenham.
At 3pm on Sunday October 13th villagers gathered for the dedication of an engraved plinth that records the names of the three RAF crew members of a Bristol Blenheim of 114 Squadron that crashed on 5th June 1942, four RAF crew of a North American Mitchell II that crashed on 17th October 1942 and four crew of a Douglas Boston III of the Free French Air Force that crashed on 22nd May 1943.
The short, but moving, dedication service was conducted by an RAF Chaplin with an Honour Guard of 8 cadets from 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps.
An address was given by villager Mr. Aubrey Blower who recalled all three tragic incidents.
After the names of those that perished were read out a wreath was laid by RAF Marham’s new Commanding Officer Group Captain Harv Smyth OBE DFC ADC MA RAF. The Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph were recited by Honorary Air Commodore Sir Michael Oswald KCVO who is Chairman of the Weasenham Air Memorial Group. Before and after the minutes silence the Last Post and Reveille were sounded by a cadet bugler from 231 (Norwich) Sqn ATC.