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    Default Re: Essex Regiment memorial at North Weald

    Nice photographs TJJ. Thanks for showing them, another one on my ever-growing list.

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    Default Re: Essex Regiment memorial at North Weald

    A great gesture by 'After The Battle' and poignant too, being exactly to the hour.
    The Hangar doors on the remaining A type still bear the scars of that attack too.

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    Default North Weald Gate Guardian Plaques Dedicated

    Today there was a brief ceremony to dedicate the memorial plaques at the North Weald Gate Guardian. RAF personnel, a Canadian Air Force colonel and families of those commemorated were among the participants. RAF re-enactors also gave a flavour of 1940 and a Beagle Bassett performed several flypasts over the ceremony. There was a combined colour party led by the standard of 56(R) Squadron from Waddington. The O/C and two 56 Squadron Battle of Britain veterans from North Weald performed the unveiling.











    The plaques taken on a dry day!

    Last edited by TJJ; 31-10-2010 at 23:34.

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    A ceremony was held at North Weald Bassett Cemetery on Friday 15 July to dedicate a special seat in the Memorial Garden to Inge Øvstedal, who was one of the 240 unsung heroes of 331 (Norwegian) Squadron at RAF North Weald for nearly two years during World War 2 – the ground crew.

    Inge was a regular attendee at the annual Remembrance services at the Norwegian Memorial Stone, and died last December. He remained in Britain after the war and married a British girl, Barbara. He had met her in Bognor Regis just before D-Day, after which he went on to serve across Europe with 2nd Tactical Air Force and was promoted to Sergeant.

    Among those who gathered to remember and honour him were his wife Barbara, members of his family, Cyril Hawkins ( the Parish Council Chairman) and other parish councillors, Arthur Moreton – the Norwegian Liaison Co-ordinator & Airfield Historian, along with members of the local and Norwegian communities.

    During the ceremony, two Norwegian Vampire jets performed a flypast. These had come over to RAF Waddington for the recent air show, and had then parked for several days at North Weald between air show engagements. They departed to the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford in Gloucestershire later in the afternoon.

    The jets returned the following Monday from Fairford to refuel before their 1 hour 40 minute flight back to Norway.











    Off to Fairford





    Returning to Norway


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    Stopped by North Weald today as I wanted to see the new, well one year old additional memorial by the Gate Guard. Some photos of the plaques


















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    Default Re: Memorial Seat, North Weald Bassett Cemetery

    North Weald now has another new memorial:


    RNoAF Memorial by PaulHP, on Flickr


    RNoAF Memorial by PaulHP, on Flickr

    And the Squadron's bar has been renamed:


    The Squadron Bar now known as The Norwegian Wing by PaulHP, on Flickr

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