Remembering Melton’s airmen

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The Melton Mowbray branch of the Royal Air Force Association has embarked upon two projects to remember Melton’s airmen.

Since the pioneering days of aviation in the early 20th Century, Melton Mowbray has maintained close links with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and later the RAF through the various units that have been based in and around the town, during the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, right up to present day with RAF personnel still based in Melton.

The first project is to remember those airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives whilst serving in the RAF. The list will contain those airmen who died in service that:

* originated from Melton Mowbray or the surrounding villages;

* resided in Melton Mowbray or the surrounding villages at the time of their death;

* died as a result of air crashes within the borough of Melton Mowbray and district;

* died as a result of air crashes following their aircraft taking off from a base within the Melton Mowbray district.

The second project is to remember all those airmen from Melton who served in either the Royal Flying Corps or the Royal Air force during the First World War.

The aim is to research the history of those who served in time for the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force which will be celebrated in April 2018.

Details of personnel being researched can be found at www.rafa.org.uk/melton-mowbray/what-we-do/we-will-remember-them

If anyone can help with the research, contact Brian Fare via email at meltonmowbrayrafa@gmail.com