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Remembrance service at Hethel pays tribute to American bomber crews

PUBLISHED: 14:53 08 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:13 11 November 2014

The remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel

The remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel

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The lives of hundreds of American bomber crewmen who died in the Second World War have been remembered at a former Norfolk airfield.

The remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel
Vicki Warning and Bill Brooks were at the ceremony to pay tribue to their father who seved with the bomb group.The remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel Vicki Warning and Bill Brooks were at the ceremony to pay tribue to their father who seved with the bomb group.

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

The remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at HethelThe remembrance service at the 389th Bomb Group Memorial Exhibition at Hethel

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.”

• Click the link for our report on Remembrance Day events in Wymondham and Hethersett.

• Do you have a story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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