This memorial is finally in place to honour four men who died in 1940

A special service marked the unveiling of a memorial plaque, for four airmen who died in 1940.

Thursday, 20th June 2019, 16:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th June 2019, 16:43 pm
Unveiling of plaque to honour airmen

The June 19 unveiling, 2019 marks the untimely deaths of the group of  pilots who lost their lives while based at Royal Air Force Acklington.

Flying Officer Charles Bacon, Pilot Officer Donald Gray, Sergeant Ian Miller and Sergeant Hugh McGregor were members of Number 610 (County of Chester) Squadron, part of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, based at RAF Acklington during 1940.

Tragically, they all lost their lives while in training.  

The memorial plaque has been placed at St John the Devine, Chevington, where Reverend Doctor Sue Reilly led a short service as part of the unveiling.  

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Representatives of the Armed Forces from RAF Boulmer joined the Royal Air Force Association Newcastle and Gateshead Branch, and members of the public, as Mr Michael Lewis gave a brief history of the Squadron.  

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Group Captain Tim Willbond, also provided a reading.

Reverend Doctor Sue Reilly, said: “It is right that we remember these gentlemen and it is a testament to the drive that Mr Lewis has, that we now have a permanent memorial for those on 610 Squadron who lost their lives while serving at RAF Acklington.’