Heroic air­men hon­oured at cer­e­mony

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

BRAVE Amer­i­cans who flew dan­ger­ous mis­sions out of an air­base near Peter­bor­ough paid a visit to Yax­ley to share their wartime mem­o­ries.

Vet­eran air­men from the United States Army Air Corps paid a visit to Yax­ley Royal Bri­tish Le­gion to re­mem­ber fallen com­rades of the 457th Bom­bard­ment Group.

They re­ceived a mov­ing guard of hon­our from Yax­ley’s army cadets when they ar­rived at the le­gion so­cial club for a for­mal lunch.

The air­men, now in their 80s, were ac­com­pa­nied by fam­ily mem­bers of for­mer ser­vice­men, some of who lost their lives dur­ing the war.

The men were killed or listed as missing in ac­tion be­tween Jan­uary 1944 and June 1945, while fly­ing in bomber air­craft to­wards heav­ily de­fended tar­gets in oc­cu­pied Europe.

The wartime base of the 457th Bomb Group, nick­named The Fire­ball Out­fit, opened at Glatton, near Peter­bor­ough, in Jan­uary 1944 as home to the 748th, 749th, 750th and 751st squadrons of the 94th Com­bat Wing.

Pic­ture: ALAN STORER.

PROUD: Yax­ley Army Cadets form a guard of hon­our for the vis­it­ing vet­er­ans of the Amer­i­can 457th Bomb Group at the Yax­ley Bri­tish Le­gion in Broad­way, Yax­ley. (METP-30-05-10AS028)

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