New memorials unveiled to remember three wartime airfields
PUBLISHED: 17:23 22 July 2018
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They were each once at the forefront of the nation’s defences now new war memorials have been unveiled to mark the site of three airfields.
The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust held ceremonies on Saturday to unveil memorials at Sedgeford and Little Snoring and on Sunday in Bungay.
The new memorial at Little Snoring honours those who were based there during the Second World War when it was primarily used by de Havilland Mosquitoes carrying out night fighter operations.
The memorial was unveiled by Kenneth Bannerman, director general of the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust, and was attended by around 50 people. Flight Sergeant Stef Poole was also in attendance to represent RAF Marham.
Little Snoring airfield is still partially active as planes still fly from and land there. The end date on the memorial marks the end of regular military flying.
Mr Bannerman said: “This airfield has a wonderful atmosphere. There’s a tremendous history about these places.
“What we are doing is so important because its not just trying to remember and commemorate those who served here, it’s about the history, the architecture and crucially, the everyday social aspects of airfields.
“We’re thrilled to be doing this to remember these wonderful places.”
Crowds also gathered to mark the new memorial at the entrance of Sedgeford Aerodrome on the B1454 Docking Road.
Meanwhile on Sunday hundreds of turned out as a memorial was unveiled at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum in honour of the nearby Bungay Airfield.
The dedication recognised the work of all who served at the airfield – including the 446th Bombardment Group of the US Air Force, which was based at Bungay from November 1943 to June 1945.
Mr Bannerman was joined by Colonel Robert Shelton, commander of the 100th Operations Group and the 401st Air Expeditionary Group at RAF Mildenhall, to unveil the plaque.
Colonel Shelton said: “It is quite an honour to join you and recognise a very special partnership. We have to reflect on our history to understand the sacrifice so many British and American army gave us in the past and the freedoms that we enjoy today are because of their selfless sacrifice.”
Prior to the unveiling the large crowd were treated to a flypast from an RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster.
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