Cana­di­ans raise a flag for re­mem­brance in Burn

Moose Jaw Express.com - - News - Sub­mit­ted - Photo credit Bill Hearld. Frank Ped­dle, Bren­dan Hen­ni­gan and Eric Beauch­esne at the 431 Squadron me­mo­rial in Burn Frank Ped­dle, Bren­dan Hen­ni­gan and Eric Beauch­esne pre­pare to raise the RCAF stan­dard at The Wheat­sheaf, Burn

The flag of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force was raised over Burn vil­lage, near Selby, on Satur­day Septem­ber 15 to wel­come some spe­cial vis­i­tors.

Bren­dan Hen­ni­gan, an as­so­ci­ate mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force of­fi­cers mess, Ot­tawa, On­tario, Canada, and friends Frank Ped­dle and Eric Beauch­esne were vis­it­ing North York­shire to lay flags at the Burn RCAF 431 Squadron Me­mo­rial and at the grave of RCAF Sgt. Drake, which is lo­cated in the Selby ceme­tery. Mr Hen­ni­gan, who was born in Selby, said he had fol­lowed with in­ter­est the ded­i­ca­tion of Burn vil­lagers in pre­serv­ing the mem­ory of the brave men and women who served with 431 and 578 squadrons.

Af­ter a brief cer­e­mony at the memo­ri­als, Mr Hen­ni­gan and his Cana­dian com­pa­tri­ots joined mem­bers of Burn Par­ish Coun­cil, vil­lagers and reg­u­lars back in The Wheat­sheaf to raise a glass to fallen he­roes. Through­out the week­end, the RCAF stan­dard flew on the vil­lage flag­pole next to the Wheat­sheaf pub where, dur­ing WW2, many Cana­dian air­man had a last pint be­fore leav­ing Burn air­field for bomb­ing mis­sions over Ger­many, some never to re­turn.

Burn un­veiled a new me­mo­rial, ad­ja­cent to the ex­ist­ing RAF 578 Squadron stone, in Oc­to­ber 2012 in hon­our of the Royal Cana­dian Air Force?s 431 (Iro­quois) Squadron, founded at Burn in Novem­ber 1942.

The then 431 Squadron com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Lieu­tenant Colonel Maryse Carmichael, ac­com­pa­nied by Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Alan Blakney, flew in from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where the mod­ern-day squadron (The Snow­birds, the Cana­dian equiv­a­lent of the Red Ar­rows) is based, specif­i­cally for the cer­e­mony.

Frank Ped­dle, Burn Par­ish Coun­cil Chair Chris Phillip­son, Bren­dan Hen­ni­gan, Bernard Hen­ni­gan and Eric Beauch­esne at the Burn 578 RAF and 431 RCAF Squadron memo­ri­als

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