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From David Thompson
AIRCREW ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL
THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION MEMORIAL, LOCATED AT THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM, ALREWAS, COMPRISES LOW GROWING BOX HEDGES IN THE SHAPE OF A PROPELLER, OUR LOGO.
CURRENTLY THERE IS NO MEMORIAL STONE, BUT THIS WILL BE RECTIFIED AT 1200 HOURS ON SUNDAY 20th JUNE, 2010 WHEN OUR NEW STONE IS UNVEILED. DURING THE CEREMONY, FUTURE OVERSIGHT OF THE MEMORIAL WILL BE HANDED TO THE ACA ARCHIVE TRUST. THE SERVICE WILL BE LED BY OUR ACA CHAPLAIN, THE REVEREND BILL PEGG, AND A WREATH WILL BE LAID ON BEHALF OF THE ACA IN MEMORY OF OUR DEPARTED COMRADES. RESTAURANT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ARBORETUM. BRANCH STANDARDS AND WREATHS ARE WELCOME. FURTHER DETAILS OF THE CEREMONY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ACA COMMITTEE.
Info from David Thompson from this website;
Memorial to Canadian air crews who fought in WWII
PERSONNEL from two RAF bases are finalising preparations for the unveiling of a memorial to Canadian airmen who fought alongside British troops in the Second World War.
The Canadian Air Forces Memorial, at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, will be dedicated in a ceremony on Frday, July 8.
RAF Leeming and RAF Linton-on-Ouse both housed Canadian air force personnel during the war.
The bases helped set up a fundraising project to create the memorial, which features granite information panels in English and French, topped with a stone maple leaf.
The fundraising effort has included organisations in both Canada and the UK.
Flight Lieutenant Alfie Hall, of RAF Leeming, which opened during the Second World War, said: "The Royal Canadian Air Force contributed more than 130,000 air crew to the war effort – and more than 10,000 lost their lives.
"The arboretum already contains memorials to the Royal Australian Air Force and the Norwegian Navy, but a monument to the Canadian airmen is conspicuous by its absence.
Personnel from both bases have started their rehearsals for the ceremony and the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will provide a Spitfire fly-past to mark the celebration.
Donations have come in large and small from both sides of the Atlantic, with one Canadian province providing a substantial donation.
For more information, or to contribute to the project, visit rcafmonument.ca or call Flt Lt Hall, on 01677-457125.
See also here: http://www.rcafmonument.ca/
Following on from the above post an interesting piece from Vintage Wings. I thought you would be interested in
Four images of the site from an unusual angle! Taken from the rear of a Merlin during a Chinook/Puma/Merlin three ship flypast of Alrewas on the dedication of the RAF Air Loadmasters Memorial, October 2012
A pity you had to shoot into the sun but nice pix Tony; thanks.
Brilliant photos Tony, a view you don't see every day. Thanks for posting them up
Thanks for the comments REF & Petertheeater I've added the images of some of the dozens of airfields we passed over between leaving Benson at 1130 & arriving back at 1800 elsewhere on this site. I simply couldn't keep up with them all but it was well into 20+ airfields
Visited today, here are some general views of the main memorial
It is a huge site, with everything from offical memorials, Associations, events, units, squadrons, stations, crews and individuals being represented
Every one will have there own interests
Here are some of the RAF Association Memorial
RAF Locking Apprentices
Of interest to one or two here...
85 Squadron has a tree
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