Photo Gallery: Polish and Czech aircrews remembered for Second World War service at East Wretham

The people of Wretham and surrounding areas remember the fallen soldiers from around Europe that ser

The people of Wretham and surrounding areas remember the fallen soldiers from around Europe that served at the local Base during WW2.Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Friendships forged in the furnace of war more than 70 years ago were reconvened on Wednesday as a remembrance service took place commemorating the joint sacrifices of UK and Eastern European troops.

Heads bowed at the village war memorial in East Wretham for the eleventh year of a special ceremony to honour the 14 men buried at nearby St Ethelbert's Church.

Around 80 people gathered to hear Rev Canon Bob Baker, Rector of Thetford, describe the need for people to 'stand together to combat evil forces'.

Of the 14 buried, 12 were Czech aircrew and two Polish, all of whom flew from East Wretham and Honington airfields during the Second World War.

Uniformed military attaches from Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic were in attendance, as well as dignitaries from councils in the areas and RAF Honington.


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Pavel Hamberger, a relative of one of the deceased Czech flyers, had intended to attend the ceremony but was unable to due to family illness.

The ceremony saw wreathes laid at the memorial and poppy crosses planted at the graves.

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