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War veterans join commemorative ceremony

Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey lays a wreath on behalf of the town at the 4th of July U.S. wreath laying at St Gregory's Church. The Royal Air Forces Association recognise annually the sacrifices of US Airmen stationed at RAF Sudbury during the latter part of the war. . ANL-140607-160943009

Sudbury mayor Robert Spivey lays a wreath on behalf of the town at the 4th of July U.S. wreath laying at St Gregory's Church. The Royal Air Forces Association recognise annually the sacrifices of US Airmen stationed at RAF Sudbury during the latter part of the war. . ANL-140607-160943009

A group of veterans from the 486th Bomber Command Group, which was based at Great Waldingfield Airfield during the Second World War, flew from America to be part of a wreath-laying service in Sudbury.

The service takes place each year on July 4 at the USAF memorial outside St Gregory’s Church.

This year, the presence of the veterans, for almost certainly the last time, made the ceremony – attended by local dignitaries, residents and serving members of the US Air Force from RAF Mildenhall – extra poignant.

Bob Harper, who was one of the veterans who made the journey, said he wanted to thank the town for the respect and love he and his guests had been shown.

After the ceremony, the veterans went to Ormiston Sudbury Academy, where they shared their experiences of what it was like to fight in the war.

The group undertook 191 missions during the conflict, with 23 aircraft shot down.

 

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