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Man’s window display tribute to parents’ wartime efforts

PUBLISHED: 12:41 08 May 2020 | UPDATED: 13:39 08 May 2020

Nick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick Bennett

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A Wymondham man has decorated his front window with tributes to his parents and their efforts during the Second World War.

Nick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick BennettNick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick Bennett

Nick Bennett has joined in the VE Day celebrations by sharing the story of his parents Howard and Gwefyl Bennett, who both came from St Davids, West Wales.

During the war, Mr Howard served in the Royal Air Force supporting troops in the jungle of Burma by dropping supplies to allied troops to counter the mobility of the Japanese army.

Mrs Bennett left home aged 14 to become a land girl, helping to farm and catch rats at RAF station Fairford.

Both received medals for their efforts, with Mr Bennett awarded the Burma Star medal.

Nick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick BennettNick Bennett, from Wymondham has paid tribute to his mum and dad Howard and Gwenfyl Bennett's war time efforts on VE Day. Picture: Nick Bennett

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Romance blossomed after the war at a well when Mr Bennett offered to carry back the buckets of water she had been collecting.

To mark VE Day, their son has shared their story, pictures and medals in a window display in his house.

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Mr Bennett said: “My parents were from St Davids, West Wales, and they were rightly very proud of their contribution to the war effort. Dad joined the royal air force during the Second World War and was part of the “forgotten war” in the jungle of Burma. He dropped supplies from Dakotas (C-47) making it possible for allied troops to counter the mobility of the light travelling Japanese army.”


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