French Air Force in York

"Inauguration of the first French memorial in an English cathedral will take place at York Minster on October 20th. This festival is about the only two French Air Force Bomber Command Squadrons of WWII. Two and half thousand French airmen were located at RAF Elvington at the time and for 50 per cent of them, York was their last home. This is a recognition of their effort.

The main event is supported by aircraft from the French Air Force and the Royal Air Force, plus over 60 French and British organisations.

Many other events will take place at Museum Gardens, City Screen, York City Centre and Elvington.

For more detail contact Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial."

BBC News - York remembers WWII French airmen based at Elvington
The French In York - City Of York - Visit York - E&A Details
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The fly-past of York Minster on Thursday will include FAF Rafales, I am led to believe.

Theres a sobering statistic: 50% casualty rate. Who said there's no justification for a Bomber Command medal?
There was a short item about this on the French tv news the other night. I spoke afterwards to an elderly French lady whose husband was one of the airmen and she was delighted that finally they are being given due recognition, her husband is still alive and in his mid 90s. One of the lucky ones to make it back.
I met a few of them today at Elvington. A remarkable bunch - tomorrow should be quite a day. The flypast will include a Rafale, Typhoon, FAF Xingu (a sort of twin engined King-Air type thingy), the BBMF Lancaster and a 9-ship Tucano formation. The Band of the RAF Regiment will lead the march past. FMOP is correct --flypast commences 1230hrs LOCAL.

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