Picture gallery: Plaques are dedicated at Polish memorial

Faldingowrth Polish Memorial Day EMN-150927-074741001
Faldingowrth Polish Memorial Day EMN-150927-074741001

Thousands of miles were travelled as scores of people came together to remember those who died flying from RAF Faldingworth.

The wartime base was home to RAF 300 (Polish) Squadron and 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU), and the day included the dedication of two new plaques at the airfield memorial.

The stone plaques list the call sign and tail number of each of the 37 aircraft in recognition of the 248 lives given.

This year’s event was particularly emotional for two ladies who met for the first time, but whose lives held a link from 70 years ago.

Annette Mykietyn Dube flew from her home in Kentucky to meet Marta Hozewska from Poland.

Their link is PA185, which crashed at Stotts Farm, Apley in 1945, killing all seven crew.

Annette’s father, Warrant Officer Marian Mykietyn was the pilot, and Marta’s grandfather, Sgt Antoni Kaczmarz, the wireless operator.

“It is just amazing,” said Annette of the meeting.

And for Marta too the day had been extra special.

“It has been a magic visit for us,” she said.

“We visited Mr Stott and he gave me a cigarette box which belonged to my grandfather - it was a like a miracle; very exciting.”