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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 5:14 pm 
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Well, the memorial is up next to the 1941 control tower and the weather looks to be favourable for tomorrow. :)

Attendees are asked to arrive at Building 56 no later than 4.00 pm, the service will start at 4.15 pm. For those bringing items for the exhibition, I'll be at Building 56 from 3.00 pm onwards setting up.

Directions to the site and the programme are attached below.

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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 6:47 pm 
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Best wishes to everyone who is attending tomorrow, I know you'll do the lads your honouring proud. I wish I could be down there with you, but thanks for honouring their memories.


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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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Just a few photos for now from this afternoon's dedication service:

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My thanks to Mike and Chris for helping out, and Urban & Civic for providing the memorial itself. :)

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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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It went very well & at least you can relax now Paul.

Here's a few of my pictures from the day.

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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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Superb memorial fellas, it's great to see all the lads names who lost their lives are on the memorial. Congratulations on a job very well done. You have done yourselves proud and more importantly you have done the lads proud immortalised by this memorial. Thanks for all the hard work, commitment and dedication that has gone into seeing this project through from start to finish. I sincerely hope I may get the chance to visit it at some point this year and to pay my respects in person. Again, bloody well done.
One question, who are the two "civvies" in the picture?


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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 7:19 pm 
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ABE wrote:

One question, who are the two "civvies" in the picture?



The first civvi is our very own "Station 128" aka Paul.

The second persons name eludes me but Paul will know.

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Right waist gun "THE SPIRIT OF VALLEY FORGE"

Right waist gun "GHOST CREW"

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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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In the black polo shirt is James Mutton of the 95th Heritage Association.
A lot of thanks must go to Urban & Civic for funding & placing the memorial.

The Colonel read out all the names of those who lost their lives & was quite moved by the fact that we still want to place these memorials.

Good to meet Mike at last.

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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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Thanks for the answers fellas I appreciate it, it's nice to put faces to names. I am pleased the Colonel read out the names of those dedicated men who lost their lives, just like the men who lost their lives on the front line, those 19 lads were killed serving their country in a foreign land thousands of miles from home, true heroes everyone of them.
And again thanks and congratulations to everyone whose dedication made this memorial happen.


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 Post subject: Re: IMPORTANT: Alconbury, Monday May 27th 2013
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The wreath I laid at the Explosion Memorial this evening to mark today's 71st anniversary of the accident:

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Six of the nineteen men killed still lie in the Cambridge American Cemetery at Madingley:

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Pvt. John E Carlisle 34686450
Radio Maintenance, 334th Squadron.

Cambridge D-6-89

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T/Sgt. Louis Palmer 13028455
Radio Maintenance, 334th Squadron.

Cambridge D-2-53

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2nd Lt. Harry Irwin Jr. O-1553283
Ordnance Officer, 335th Squadron.

Cambridge D-6-99

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M/Sgt. John F Gira 17021055
Aircraft Inspector, 412th Squadron.

Cambridge E-6-90

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1st Lt. Frank A Metzger Jr. O-791614
Navigator, 412th Squadron.

Cambridge D-5-89

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Sgt. Howard R Welch 32379214
Armament Section, 412th Squadron.

Cambridge F-6-87

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John Carlisle's grave, with Frank Metzger's directly behind.

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