Reunion service at RAF Wratting Common Airfield Memorial

A short open air service in 2013 at RAF Wratting Common to commemorate the opening of the airfield in 1943 and to remember all those who served at the airfield, especially the 260 who died during World War II.

A short open air service in 2013 at RAF Wratting Common to commemorate the opening of the airfield in 1943 and to remember all those who served at the airfield, especially the 260 who died during World War II.

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The annual May Reunion Service will be held at RAF Wratting Common Airfield Memorial on Sunday, May 29.

The service, at noon, marks the anniversary of the airfield becoming operational on May 28 1943 and the unveiling of the memorial stone on the last Sunday in May 1989.

The memorial is situated at the entrance to Weston Woods Farm but access is restricted this year due to major road works.

Access can only be reached to the memorial from the Weston Colville side so approach is necessary from Weston Colville, Carlton or Temple End.

The service often attracts veterans who flew from the airfield during World War Two and their relatives.

Members of 1451 ATC (Haverhill) Squadron will be in attendance. Wreaths and memorial crosses will be placed during the service. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Further information can be obtained by emailing:

rafwrattingcommon@outlook.com

RAF Wratting Common was home to three flying units during World War Two, flying mainly Stirling and Lancaster aircraft. In common with a few other locations, Horsa gliders were also constructed on the airfield and flown out to embarkation airfields for use during the initial attack phase of the D-Day landings.

The flying units based on the airfield were XC Squadron, 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit and 195 Squadron.