Remembrance service at Hethel pays tribute to American bomber crews
14:53 08 November 2014
The lives of hundreds of American bomber crewmen who died in the Second World War have been remembered at a former Norfolk airfield.
This morning the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel held a remembrance event which paid a fitting tribute to the 588 members of the Second Air Division United States 8th Army Air Force who died on bombing operations between June 1943 and May 1945.
The army air force flew B24 Liberator bombers from Hethel airfield.
And in a homage to the fallen, serving members of United States Air Force based at RAF Lakenheath joined ranks with British war veterans to pay their respects.
Chaplain Lt Col Gary Snyder, who is the 48th fighter wing chaplain at RAF Lakenheath, gave a speech which
praised the fallen bomber crews for fighting tyranny and helping to ensure that freedom and liberty is enjoyed today.
He said: “The memory of the men of the 389th continues to inform and guide our actions.”
Also at the event were brother and sister Bill Brooks and Vicki Warning who had flown from America to pay tribute to their father Bill Brooks, who had flown and survived 32 missions and died in 1975.
Mr Brooks, 63, said: “It is my first time in England and I came for my father. Coming here means a lot to me.”
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