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Routes of Remembrance

Station MCO, Flt Lt Jon Lord, met with Veterans’ Charity trustee and Routes of Remembrance stalwart Iain Henderson to collect a wreath destined for RAF Gibraltar. The Op FLY TO FREEDOM (86 Sqn) wreath was on a journey to honour the crew of a WW2 RAF Bristol Beaufort AW288 which crashed at Roscroggan Chapel, nr Camborne, shortly after take-off from RAF Portreath in July 1942. That flight was en route to Malta, via Gibraltar, when it developed problems and crashed whilst attempting an emergency landing. All 4 crew members were killed, and two of them (FS Atkinson and Plt Off Day) are buried in Illogan Cemetery. Flt Lt Lord collected the wreath (which had travelled in a WW2 Jeep from Portreath to Illogan and on to the crash site memorial) and brought it back to RAF St Mawgan. Staff from the Defence SERE Training Organisation (DSTO) based at RAF St Mawgan arranged for a student returning to RAF Brize Norton to relay the wreath there, where it was handed over to 24 Sqn and loaded on to an A400M travelling out to RAF Gibraltar in time for their Families’ Day. A huge thank you to all involved in ensuring that the wreath completed the journey commemorating the 80th anniversary of the AW288 flight.

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