More than 35 United States Air Force personnel from RAF Croughton showed solidarity with their British RAF counterparts this morning joining the annual Battle of Britain anniversary parade through Banbury.
35 American servicemen joined members of the Banbury RAF Association and the 1460 Banbury Air Cadet Squadron on a march from the town hall to St Mary’s Church for a special commemorative service to pay tribute to the hundreds of young RAF servicemen who died flying daring missions against German fighter aircraft to gain supremacy of the skies in 1941.
A number of Second World War veterans attended the event and spoke about their recollections including 92-year-old Bomber Command veteran and president of Banbury RAFA Bill Holmes.
Banbury Town Mayor Nicholas Turner addressed those present saying: “It has been a very moving service today and we are greatly indebted to Colonel Hamilton and the USAF personnal from Croughton for joining us.
He added: “The great breadth of people who are here is fantastic for the town and the significance of Banbury to the war effort should never be forgotten - a large percentage of the aluminium for the planes was manufactured at the former Alcan plant.”
For the full story, pictures and interviews with veterans, see this week’s Banbury Guardian (out Thursday).