“On Monday 6 August at 6pm, a strange cocktail was mixed and enjoyed by over 150 people at the small town of Jonzac in Charente Maritime in SW France under a hot sun and bright blue Summer sky. The cocktail contained a small boy with his model Mosquito, 2 bag pipers, a Mosquito painted on the pavement, 2 French Air Force Epsilon aircraft in a fly past and multifarious local dignitaries and guests.
This was the occasion of the 68th anniversary to commemorate the crash of a Mosquito of 151 Sqn whilst its crew were strafing a German ammunition train at Jonzac railway on 6 August in 1944; post D-Day. The 2 crew are buried in Jonzac but the memorial to their heroism has been renovated and a Mosquito painted on the pavement in front of it. To keep alive the memory of the airmen killed and the renovation, the bag pipers played a lament; the French Air Force provided a scintillating fly past and Sam COUSINS, a local 6 year old English boy placed his model Mosquito on the memorial.
The townsfolk of Jonzac should be celebrated for their loyalty, steadfastness and generosity toward the 2 RAF airmen buried in their midst: WO MacRae and FS Fletcher of 151 Sqn who gave their young lives in August, 68 years ago to free the French from occupation!
Our photos show the recently painted Mosquito in front of the memorial; Sam Cousins saluting after laying his model Mosquito on the Memorial; Beryl Dennett Stannard, Chairman RAFA Sud Ouest Branch with Sam laying a poppy wreath and the model Mosquito.”
RAF Association Sud-Ouest France
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