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Typhoon Memorial Weekend 2019 There was a wonderful turn-out for the Memorial ceremonies this year, marking the 75th Anniversary of D- Day and the liberation of Normandy. Included in the list of 38 visitors was a party of 6 from RAF Coningsby and members of the Roper family from Canada who flew in to France overnight. Among the wreaths laid at the Memorial was one in memory of Ross Eveleigh Johnson, a pilot of 438 “Wildcat” Squadron RCAF, killed on the ground at B9 and whose name does not appear on the Memorial. The RB396 Typhoon Restoration team laid a wreath, as did the Royal British Legion. On Sunday we travelled South to Croisilles for the dedication of a plaque in memory of “Wee Mac”, James McCartney of 193 Squadron just 200m from his crash site. A large family group, together with the numerous other visitors, were greatly impressed by the ceremony and by the welcome that they received. A uniformed band played for us at the ceremony and at the subsquent vin d’honneur. A calm and restful ferry crossing was a welcome conclusion to a busy but memorable weekend
Flt/Lt Angus Wood, Great-great nephew of “Killy” Kilpatrick, inspects the Memorial
James McCartney Plaque
Chairman (and junior Chairman), Treasurer and Secretary of TECT march behind the band at Croisilles. [© Bertrand Goucovitch]