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St Omer Update

We have a report from our President, Peter Dye, who states that the British Air Services Memorial is in good shape - 10 years after it was first erected.
The Memorial formed the centre-piece for No IX Squadron's centenary celebrations on 8th December. Although the weather was awful, it didn't manage to stop the flypast by No 31 Squadron. The ceremony was attended by No IX Squadron personnel, the French Armed Forces, St-Omer Flying Club, veterans, members of the No IX Association and the Mayor of St-Omer. Several hundred people attended despite the rain and the cold.
Here is shown the wreath laying party comprising Francois Decoster, Mayor of St-Omer, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Vice-Chief Defence Staff and Wing Commander Chris Snaith, Officer Commanding No IX Squadron.

The event owed a great deal to Wing Commander Jim Pruden's efforts, who also supported us at the 2004 unveiling, and to the local CWGC team who had clearly worked hard to get the site ready in the face of some quite unpleasant weather.
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Article posted: 10/12/2014

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