News Items including commemorations attended by representatives of the Allied Forces Heritage Group
18.07.20 100th anniversary Assoc. Nationale pour le Souvenir des Dardanelles et Fronts d’Orient, Paris 17. (see article in Projects)
06.08.20 76th anniversary of the crash of 151 Squadron RAF, Mosquito, Jonsac 17500 (54 mls north of Bordeaux SW France. 17h45 at Jonsac Railway Station.
18/19.08.20 Official ceremonies of 78th anniversary of Operation Jubilee – the Dieppe Raid. Exhibitions throughout the summer Municipal Theatre, Memorial: Place Camille-Saint Saëns.
15.09.20 Annual Battle of Britain Ceremony, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. Restricted Access
19/20.09.20 Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Walk following the historic coastal route near Manston to finish with a presentation at Hawkinge. 09.00 Manston museum & airfield memorials – commence at 10.00 from Sandwich. Contact: https://freedomtrailtreks.com/
11.11.20 AFHG Annual Dinner at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, SW1, preceded by laying of wreaths at the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park. Cancelled due National Pandemic Restrictions restrictions.
23.11.20 80th anniversary commemoration of Hampden Crash – Vannes 56000.
30.11.20 See Luc sur Mer – The Trophy for local investment by the President of the Calvados Region for creating the memorial square and Memorial with the Hommage to 46e. This award decided by the Mayors of Calvados is a very great honour for the Maire and Luc-sur-Mer.
09.12.20 AFHG Director addresses French Air Force officers at Ecole Militaire, Paris, on traditions and patrimone.
16.12.20 AFHG Director addresses Members of the Ordre National de Mérite via Zoom.
22 to 29 January The Night of Ideas on-line Souvenir français – www.nightofideas.co.uk/whats-on
6 June – Official Opening of British D-Day Memorial – Ver sur Mer, Normandy. https://www.britishnormandymemorial.org/
15 September – Battle of Britain Commemoration, Arc de Triomphe, Paris. “Ravivage” – relighting of the flame of the Unknown Warrior with Mdme Geneviève Darrieussecq, French Minister for Remembrance & Veterans; British Ambassador HE Menna Rawlings & Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey RAF. The event was attended by representatives of other nations and was accompanied by troops and orchestra of 2nd Blindée (Armoured) Division “Lcclerc” (the French division which liberated Paris in 1944). A following event at the British Embassy included the presentation of the British wartime medals to the family of former French Battle of Britain pilot Yves Biere who was KIA in 1941. (see end of: https://afheritage.org/the-battle-of-britain-80th-anniversary )
16, 17, 18 September – 8pm until midnight- Enfants de Paris, WWII plaques / art video installation. Le Pantheon, Paris. In English: https://afheritage.org/children-of-paris. – en français: https://afheritage.org/enfants-de-paris-avant-que-la-memoire-ne-sefface-philippe-apeloig
29 September Belgians Remember Them – tribute to RAF airmen who fell in Belgium and the Resistance involved in their rescue. Annual ceremony at the Rebecq Memorial, Walloon Brabant, Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 10 a.m. HM the King represented. Details & applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
13 October – Commemoration of No. 346 “Guyenne” & No. 347 “Tunisie” RAF Bomber Command / Armée de l’Air at Base 106, Merignac, Bordeaux. (the base to which the two heavy bomber squadrons (RAF Elvington) returned to a liberated France in October 1945).
Formal presentation of a part of Halifax “L for Love” which was discovered near Dusseldorf in 2019 and returned home 77 years later. (see https://afheritage.org/tha-man-who-fell-from-the-sky-l-for-love-part-i)
29 October Annual Memorial Service Gallipoli & Dardanelles International, All Saints Church. Kings Lynn – www.gdinternational.org.uk – www.facebook.com/gallipolianddardanellesinternational.
10 November – AFHG – Annual Commemoration of the French & British aviators of WWII
11 November – Annual Commemorations at Brookwood CWGC cemetery and Marshal Foch Memorial, Westminster, SW1W.
14 November – Remembrance Sunday – National Commemoration – The Cenotaph, London SW1A