American aircraft visits for Allied Aircrew Memorial
A commemoration service for the 153 airmen of the allied air forces who were killed around the Bailiwick during the Second World War will take place today, and will see a visit from an American military aircraft.
In 2015, the Allied Aircrew Memorial was dedicated on the airport forecourt, and a commemoration has been held each year since.
The event will start with a review of the Air Cadets of 201 OS Squadron and the College CCF RAF section, carried out by Lt Col Scot Wilcox USAF, whose great uncles is remembered on the memorial.
The service will be led by the Rev Dave Knight and will be closed by the sounding of the Last Post, followed by a minute’s silence.
Reveille will then be sounded as a flypast is carried out.
Organiser, Mike Snelling, was pleased to announce some good news:
‘The RAF were unable to support us because the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were going to Jersey earlier.
‘Fortunately, the USAF has stepped in and a C130 from the 165th Air Wing will be diverting from exercise Silver Arrow.
‘Lt Col Jonathan Drew will be flying the Hercules from Ramstein in Germany to carry out the closing flypast at 4.30pm.
‘This is especially relevant because the majority of casualties remembered on the memorial were from the USA.
‘I hope the public and veterans will come up to the airport to support the event.
‘The arrangement for the flypast was master minded by Lt Col Scot Wilcox, our guest from the USAF.’
The service will begin at 4.15pm.