Remembrance Sunday at North Weald

Remembrance Sunday at North Weald

Postby TJJ on Wed 13 Nov 2013, 10:51 am

I wanted to do something reflecting a dawn to dusk theme and fortunately the weather was co-operative for once!

The sun rises over North Weald on Remembrance Sunday...

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We had the flags flying at the main gate

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We remembered the station's first casualty of World War 2 – Pilot Officer Montagu Hulton-Harrop from 56 Squadron who was accidentally shot down on 6 September 1939 by Spitfires from RAF Hornchurch in the 'Battle of Barking Creek'. He is buried in St Andrew's Churchyard.

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There were Army casualties too during the Battle of Britain. Nine teenage soldiers from the Essex Regiment are commemorated by a plaque fixed to an oak tree next to the air raid shelter where they died from a direct hit. This is in Hampden Close...

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They died together and remain together in the churchyard...

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The shrapnel damage from the bombing raids of 1940 is still visible on the Hangar 1 armoured doors...

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Later the Norwegians arrived and fought from the Airfield from 1942-44. Their obelisk is a lasting memorial to their sacrifice...

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We also remembered those who died at the Airfield during the 1950s...

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The sun set on the Gate Guardian Hurricane after a beautiful Sunday...

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In the afterglow the flags were still and North Weald was at peace again...

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Last edited by TJJ on Thu 21 Nov 2013, 11:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Remembrance Sunday at North Weald

Postby colper on Wed 13 Nov 2013, 4:46 pm

Excellent post.Well thought out and well presented.

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