We are delighted to announce that His Grace, Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, will be taking a major role in the forthcoming Allied Air Forces Memorial Day, taking place at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, on Sunday 9th September. The Archbishop became an honorary Vice President of the Museum last year, along with The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC LLD BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF, and former BBC newsreader Jan Leeming and this poignant occasion will actually be the first time that all three new Vice Presidents will be at the Museum together.
The Archbishop commented: “It will be wonderful to be back at Elvington to remember the important contribution and sacrifice made by Allied Air Forces during the Second World War. We are reminded of the heroic personal struggles of those who worked together to combat evil during this time in our history. We are in their debt. It is right that our service on Sunday will remember the brave and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.’
Sir Stephen, accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant, North Yorkshire, Air Commodore William Gambold FCMI, will jointly take the Salute from the Parade of veteran service personnel and Air Training Corps Cadets that precedes the Service. The many Standards being paraded, including the National Standard of the Royal Air Force Association, will make for a colourful procession for guests and visitors to enjoy. Visitors will also be welcome to attend the Drumhead Service that takes place in the main display hangar, set against the imposing backdrop of the unique Halifax bomber.
Further spectacle will be afforded by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, who are supporting the ceremony with two separate sorties, with a Supermarine Spitfire fighter and the iconic Avro Lancaster bomber in the distinctive “Phantom of the Ruhr” markings the aircraft carries. This will accompany the closing part of the day, with the Evening Hymn and Lowering of Ensign and Standards.
Earlier activities will include ‘live’ aircraft such as the WWI SE5a biplane, the De Havilland Devon twin prop and the mighty Nimrod MR2 XV250, which thrilled the crowds at our Thunder Day last weekend.
We are endeavouring to line up another very special ‘surprise’ flypast, which will bring another memorable event to a fittingly grand and thrilling conclusion.