Aircrew remembered

A MEMORIAL commemorating Second World War airmen will be unveiled at the weekend.

It commemorates 29 Allied aircrew who were involved in 13 accidents surrounding the former RAF station, RAF Acklington, during the war.

All but two were killed in the accidents and only one survived the war.

The large brass plaque, in St John the Divine Church at Red Row, will be unveiled by Air Vice-Marshal Sandy Hunter on Saturday, following a short service which starts at 3pm.

At the ceremony will be Iain Hook, son of Sgt Kenneth Gordon Hook, the only one of the airmen who lived through the war.

Wing Commander Jamie Sharp, from RAF Boulmer, local veterans and six veterans’ associations will also be present.

The memorial is the culmination of two-and-a-half years of research and fund-raising by Chris Davies.