On Thursday 28th December 2023 a group of the Bodicote Community and other local supporters including serving RAF, Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion and Bodicote Parish Council attended an anniversary commemoration at the memorial in Bodicote to the six aircrew of Wellington Bomber BK517 that died in Bodicote when their aircraft crashed on that date in 1942.
One of the airmen that was lost on that fateful day was Aircraftsman Second Class John Beaumont RAF VR and the commemoration was privileged and honoured to have AC2 Beaumont's niece, Jane Beaumont, attend with her son Samuel. Jane was pleased that her son and other children were able to learn about the heraldic events of another generation in order that their memories and activities can be remembered for years to come.
The service was introduced by a narrative and history of the accident supported by an eyewitness account. This was followed by a short, moving ceremony with bugle accompaniment, dedicated to the honour of these six courageous airmen.
A big thank you to all those who supported and contributed to this poignant event.
Compiled and writtenby Graham Wyeth