I had a visit from Roger Allen at Thanet Community Radio this afternoon to record a short interview on the history of the Liberator bomber crashes at Palm Bay and Westgate on Sea in 1944and the plans for a special memorial event on the morning of the 27th April organised by the Mayor of Margate and the Margate Charter Trustees.
You can find the interview link here and more written information and research on what happened on the same day in 1944 from this weblog archive here.
The ceremony is being called 'Folded Wings' and you may have read in the local paper that the United States Air Force (USAF) attache, Colonel Price will be attending, together with a USAF Honour Guard, with rifles, who have been given permission by the police to fire a salute at the Westgate War Memorial.
At the same time, 11am on 27th April, we have a request for a USAF fighter flypast, which Colonel Price tells me is in the system and approved but subject to final operational confirmation.
Everyone will be assembling at 10:30am that morning, with standards and representatives from the different veterans associations and if you plan to attend, I recommend that you find a space on the green outside the war memorial in Sea Road, Westgate on Sea.