A historic handshake

 

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At a special service held at Ely Cathedral on Sunday 24 April, led by Canon Chris Barber and attended by forty friends and family members,  the Memorial Stone was officially unveiled.  Representatives of the RAF and Luftwaffe were present and ceremonially shook hands before the Memorial Stone.  Also in attendance were members of the Royal British Legion including a representative from Rickmansworth where P/O Ralph Ball lived. The service was preceded by the soundtrack of a Wellington Bomber in flight and the morse code signal sent by the crew and included a reading of the inscription in German that is around the edge of the Memorial Stone.  A trumpet solo of Ich Hatt Einen Kameraden was played by Laurine Green

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Canon Chris Barber leads the service of dedication at Ely Cathedral

On Saturday 23 April members of the crews families visited RAF Feltwell, currently occupied by the US Airforce.  A large amount of the wartime infrastructure, including 37 Squadron’s hanger and the Officers and Sergeants Mess, are still standing.  Most sobering of all was being able to see the grass runway from which R3236 took on its fateful journey

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