Memorial refurbished in Bexwell

Downham Royal Air Force Association has refurbished the memorial at Bexwell ahead of Remembrance Day
Downham Royal Air Force Association has refurbished the memorial at Bexwell ahead of Remembrance Day
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A special memorial to two airmen who were both awarded the Victoria Cross has been renovated ahead of this weekend’s Remembrance services.

Downham Royal Air Force Association veteran Len Algar has worked hard to ensure the memorial opposite Bexwell Parish Church is looking its best – painting, weeding and tidying around the memorial along with washing the flag pole.

He said: “It is important that the memorial is looking its best at all times of year but especially now.”

Directional signs have been refurbished by Downham firm, Masson Seeley.

The memorial pays homage to two airmen based at RAF Downham who were both awarded the Victoria Cross.

The first award was to Flt Sgt Arthur Louis Aaron, aged 24, who on August 12, 1943, flew a mission with 218 Squadron to Turin. He was badly wounded by flak but brought the aircraft to safety in North Africa where he subsequently died of his wounds.

The second award was to Sqn Ldr Ian Bazalgette, also aged 24, who on August 4, 1944, flew a mission with 635 Squadron to bomb rocket stores in France.

The aircraft was hit by flak, injuring Sqn Ldr Bazalgette, but he remained in control long enough to allow some of the crew to escape before he and the remaining crew were killed when the aircraft crashed and exploded.

The Royal Air Force Ensign will be flying over the memorial from today until Wednesday next week.