Remembering the fallen at moving memorial service

Veterans lower their standards at Wickenby Memorial Service
Veterans lower their standards at Wickenby Memorial Service

More than 100 people turned out to pay their respects to fallen servicemen during a memorial service at Wickenby Airfield.

The touching service - led by Rev Steve Johnson at the Icarus Memorial on Sunday afternoon - was in commemoration of those who served with 12 and 626 squadrons at RAF Wickenby during the Second World War from 1942 to 1945.

It was an emotional time as people remembered the 1,147 men who lost their lives serving their country.

Serving officers from RAF Coningsby and RAF Scampton, other service personnel and local people placed wreaths at the foot of the Wickenby memorial.

The event included a parade and an impressive fly past by the Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

During their time at Wickenby, 12 and 626 Squadrons flew their Lancaster Bombers in raids over the occupied territories of Europe including the first 1,000 bomber raid to Cologne - the final operation of the war to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.

They also took part in Operation Exodus to repatriate British Prisoners of War and Operation Manna to drop much-needed supplies for starving Dutch people.

As well as the general public, the memorial service attracted veterans of the two squadrons and their families, ex-servicemen from other organisations and the Air Training Corps.

The event - originally organised by the Wickenby Register (12 and 626 Squadron Association) - has been held every year since 1981.

RAF Wickenby Memorial Collection took over the task of organising the service when the Wickenby Register closed in 2011.