Heroic airmen honoured at ceremony
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.
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)