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As you will see in our newsletter, we are unable to arrange a reunion for 2021. The uncertainty around lockdowns and travel arrangements mean that we have no clear idea when, or even if, one could take place. Therefore, we hope you will all understand that, disappointing as it is, we will delay the 40th Anniversary event until 2022. By which time it is hoped the vaccinations will be working well and a clearer picture on mass gatherings will have emerged.
You will also see Smiley’s suggestion to the committee and membership of a memorial stone, to be placed in the Ribbon of Remembrance at the International Bomber Command Centre at Lincoln. This has been agreed by the committee and we propose using £1000 of funds initially. We would like to raise additional funds through your generous donations for it to be in place for the 2022 reunion.
The stones range in size and are named after Bomber Command aircraft. £1000 would purchase a stone measuring 200mm x 300mm (8 x 12 inches approx.) called a Halifax. As none of our squadrons ever flew this type of aircraft, we’d like to upgrade, with your generous help, to either the Stirling 200 x 350mm at £2500 or even the Wellington, (which most of our crews would have flown at some stage in their training and service) these are 300 x 300mm and cost £5000. Sadly, we believe a Lancaster 300 x 500mm at £10,000 is beyond our reach.We are in discussions with the stone masons as to what wording we can have, but we hope it will be similar to that which is on the stone at Beck Row church.
If you’d like to donate, please contact Smiley Mildwater, Treasurer at 33A Hardwicke Fields, Haddenham, Ely, Cambs, CB6 3TW or email: email@example.com
A Rededication Service -
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CURRENT HEALTH GUIDELINES, THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED. IT IS HOPED THAT THIS WILL TAKE PLACE WHEN RESTRICTIONS ALLOW. See pictures below of the new memorial.
There was to be a rededication Service in Mundford Forest for a replacement memorial at the crash site there of Lancaster HK773, which crashed on 22nd March 1945 after taking off from Mildenhall fully loaded for a raid on Bocholt in Germany. The Lancaster had an engine failure just after take off and the Pilot was unable to return to the airfield. All onboard were lost.
The ceremony in the forest was planned for 1300 on Saturday 21st March 2020 with afternoon tea being served for attendees in the Bowls Club afterwards. The contact for this event was Mrs Pat Tuck on 01842 878483 for details of getting to the isolated spot in the forest and for catering purposes afterwards.
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On its initial formation, in around 1979, the Mildenhall Register’s objective was to bring together people who share a common bond with the squadrons that operated out of RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath during the Second World War, and all their support staff. Here we will try to cover all aspects of the squadrons’ histories, groundcrew memories and individual aircraft and crew stories.
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