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Earlier this week, November 11, the community of Fairlop near London paid tribute to the USA as part of their annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The event, organized each year by the Fairlop Heritage Group, has been taking place since 2009.
Explaining the focus on the USA this year, David Martin, Chairman of the Fairlop Heritage Group, told The American that "Since 2009, Fairlop Heritage Group have organised a Remembrance Ceremony each 11 November at Fairlop Waters Country Park. We remember those from seventeen nationalities who served. This year we remembered the USA, represented by Ellie Rudolph from Norwalk, Connecticut. The ceremony was lead by the Mayor of the London Borough of Redbridge, Cllr. Hussain, in the presence of local residents and seventy local schoolchildren. We remembered those who served in two World Wars, plus unplanned visitors, a Dakota, Mustang and two Flying Fortresses. The longest runway at Fairlop was two hundred yards short of that required by Boeing. Both managed to take off."
RAF Fairlop, near Ilford, Essex, played an active role during the Second World War, and its site is now the Fairlop Waters Country Park, where the ceremony took place, complete with US and UK flags. In 1944, US Lt. Jack Brandstatter and his crew landed at Fairlop - Lt Brandstatter's crew from 1945 can be seen in the image below, with yellow dots marking those airmen who were present at the Fairlop landing.
The ceremony also involved students from the local John Bramston Primary School. Congratulations to all those involved in this amazing tribute to remembering US personnel.
If you'd be interested in finding out more about the airfields and history of Fairlop and its US links, check out the Fairlop Heritage Trust Website