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CENTENARYMEMORIAL To Wittering Fallen Officially Dedicated


By Ed Chapman, Station Media&Communications Officer


Anewmemorial to the fallen of Wittering village and Royal Air Force Wittering was formally dedicated in aservice at All Saints’ Church on 5th May 2016.


RAF Wittering Chaplain, Reverend Squadron Leader David Haslam.


Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff (designate), joined personnel from RAF Wittering, the members of Wittering Parish Council and residents of the village at the thoughtful service which marked the beginning of the Station’s centennial.


RAF Wittering Station Commander Group Captain Richard Pratley,Chief of the Air Staff (designate) Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier and Warrant Officer Simon Webb.


Crafted entirely of stone the new memorial is dedicated to those from the Station and the village who have made the ultimate sacrifice since World WarOne. Former Station Commanders attended, including Air Vice Marshal Richard Knighton and Air Commodore Damian Alexander.


Abrass quintet provided background music for the service of dedication, notably playing the theme from TV series ‘Band of Brothers’. The service was punctuated by the sound of aircraft engines as aformation of Grob Tutors and then the majestic shape of the Spitfire overflew the churchyard.


Front row: left to right, RAF Wittering Station Warrant Officer Barry Tanswell, Squadron Leader Jade Richards, Warrant Officer Neil Paylor.


Rob Persani from Rutland Radio interviews RAF Veteran William Moore.


Group Captain Richard Pratley is the Station Commander at RAF Wittering. He said: “Air Chief Marshal Hillier’s presence shows us just how deeply the Royal Air Force feels the sacrifices made by the fallen, and how seriously it


RAF Veteran William Moore and Flying Offi cer Lynsey Carveth.


regards the relationships with our nearest neighbours.”


Reverend Squadron Leader David Haslam, RAF Wittering Chaplain, and the Reverend Dave Maylor,Rector of All Saints’ Church, led the combined service of dedication and gave thanks for the constructive bond between Wittering village and the Station which, after a century,shows no sign of fading.


92 year old WWII RAF Wittering veteran William Moore attended the service, giving it an added sense of poignancy. He said of the village: “Wealways got on well with the local people, and that is also agreat help. And Ican assure you that, if we had anything that went wrong, they were the first to help out.”


The Station Commander continued; “Royal Air Force Wittering is very fortunate to have such wonderful neighbours in Wittering village, and positive partners in the Parish Council. In funding the new memorial Wittering Parish Council has done the village and the Station proud. It’s been an honour for us to play our part in bringing this fitting and worthwhile project into being.”


RAF Wittering: http://www.raf.mod.uk/ rafwittering/


Wittering Parish Council: http:// witteringparishcouncil.com/


The new memorial.


www.raf-ff.org.uk


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