Animals06
Gordon-and-Sam
Musical-Time-Machine5
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Remebrance-18-3
MYFC005
Remebrance-18-1
Turin-Brakes6
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Ogbourne
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
D4S0472
TdB-Pewsey044
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Sunset
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
D4S9273
Hares017cropped
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
FROSTY-MORNING-
Civic-Service-18
Roving-Crows1
IMG8472
SBJ
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Snowy-High-Street
JazzFestSat572
Brooks-Williams1
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Camilla-MSM
4MI-2013-11-28030
Duke-of-Kent086
Sunset2
Inbox-1
Landscape
Tina-May5
IMG9097
D812668
White-Horse
Big-Bull
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Pete-Gage-Band1
George-Wilding-301
Remebrance-18-2
Inbox2
Brazier
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Scouting-for-Girls7

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fitting ceremony marks the completion of Ramsbury Airfield project

L to r: RAF Benson, The USAF 437th Airlift Wing, on the lectern Col. Mike Relph & Col. Patrick Winstead & alongside The Ramsbury Bella Voce Choir L to r: RAF Benson, The USAF 437th Airlift Wing, on the lectern Col. Mike Relph & Col. Patrick Winstead & alongside The Ramsbury Bella Voce Choir The Ramsbury Airfield Remembrance Project brought veterans, servicemen and members of the public from near and far - as far as South Carolina - to its final dedication ceremony on Sunday (June 9). 

 

75 years since the D-Day landings Deputy Commander of the United States Air Force 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, Colonel Patrick Winstead, delivered the keynote speech at RAF Ramsbury’s memorial dedication. 

This USAF unit is the direct descendant of the 437 Troop Carrier Group which operated out of Ramsbury during the second world war. The men and women at the ceremony had been working with the RAF during their stay in Britain.

The members of the 437th Airlift Wing joined World War II veterans, with those who served after the war and those who serve now - the young men and women of the RAF, the British Army, and the Marlborough Army & Air Cadets, and Calne Army Cadets. 

 

The woodland dedication The woodland dedication

Colonel Mike Relph, made a speech on behalf of the project's committee, and added his own tribute to those who served. 

Two memorials were unveiled - the runway and woodland memorials. The Revd. Canon Simon Weeden led the Service of Dedication, and at the runway memorial, the 437th Chaplin, Lt. Col. Craig Abee, joined him. 

Members of the First Ramsbury Scout Group, Ramsbury Primary school pupils and the Cadets unveiled the memorials.

This was the culmination of nearly two years of work by The Ramsbury Airfield Remembrance Project. The committee thanked RAF Benson and the Battle Axe Party who provided an honour guard at the two memorials - and also those who had donated to the project and especially the landowner, Peter Wilson. 

The rain stopped, the sun shone and people came from near and far to pay their respects. And, as they did so, out of the stratus clouds a C17 approached RAF Ramsbury and slowly made its way across the sky to the southeast horizon. 

This prompted Col Winstead to remind people of the 437th's D-Day tasks: “75 years ago fifty such planes and gliders took off for Normandy, and then another fifty, and then another, and going back as soon as they were able - and think about the glider pilots, those guys weren’t going to fly back here - they had to fight their way back, think about that.” 

You can watch and hear Col Winstead's speech at this link.

 

Print Email

Brazier
JazzFestSat572
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Animals06
Tina-May5
Scouting-for-Girls7
Roving-Crows1
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
D4S0472
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Remebrance-18-3
Turin-Brakes6
Remebrance-18-1
Torch-2012-05-23093-
George-Wilding-301
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Big-Bull
IMG9097
D4S9273
Gordon-and-Sam
Sunset
Snowy-High-Street
Landscape
Hares017cropped
IMG8472
Pete-Gage-Band1
CivicSelfie1
TdB-Pewsey044
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
SBJ
D812668
White-Horse
Brooks-Williams1
4MI-2013-11-28030
Ogbourne
Musical-Time-Machine5
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Sunset2
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Remebrance-18-2
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Civic-Service-18
Camilla-MSM
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Duke-of-Kent086
Camilla-2012-10-19152
MYFC005