Remembering the brave

Darlington and Stockton Times: The statue of Andrew Mynarski at Middleton St George The statue of Andrew Mynarski at Middleton St George

EVENTS are taking place this weekend to remember the heroic airmen who flew from a County Durham airbase during the Second World War.

A concert on Friday night at the Darlington Civic Theatre will kick off the commemorative weekend which honours the brave crews that flew from the former Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base at Middleton St George, Darlington.

The Band of the Royal Air Force College will perform a tribute to Canadian airman Andrew Mynarski who died whilst rescuing a comrade from their burning plane.

A statue of Mr Mynarski stands at the former RCAF base - now Durham Tees Valley Airport – and it is there that a commemorative service will be held on Saturday morning at 10.30am.

The service will include the presentation of a piece of wreckage from Mr Mynarski’s Lancaster plane by Stan Instone – one of only two original crew members still alive today – to staff at the St George Hotel.

The wreckage was recovered after Mr Instone’s son tracked down the man who farmed the land at the German crash site.

It will be displayed at the St George Hotel which occupies the former officers mess at the Middleton St George base.

On Saturday night there will be a dinner dance at the hotel to raise funds for the Middleton St George Memorial Association.

Edsel Amlin, one of the organising committee and RCAF standard bearer, said it was important to remember the sacrifices made by the airmen during the war.

“If they didn’t do what they did, we would not be here now,” he said.

“If you read Hitler’s manifesto of what he was going to do with England when he invaded, everybody would be speaking German now and all the soldiers would have been lined against a wall and shot.”

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5:15pm Wed 28 May 14

gramps427 says...

Just one of so many brave men who flew from the Tees Valley region; MSG & Croft. Its a shame that the airport is going to be turned into a housing estate to fill Peels pockets with money while depriving the people of the Tees Valley of a vital resource that could be used to the benefit of all. Perhaps there should be a real tribute built in the form of a museum celebrating the men & women of the RAF and other services who flew so many difficult & dangerous missions.
Just one of so many brave men who flew from the Tees Valley region; MSG & Croft. Its a shame that the airport is going to be turned into a housing estate to fill Peels pockets with money while depriving the people of the Tees Valley of a vital resource that could be used to the benefit of all. Perhaps there should be a real tribute built in the form of a museum celebrating the men & women of the RAF and other services who flew so many difficult & dangerous missions. gramps427
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10:48pm Wed 28 May 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

Here here. So much history on the site has already been lost and if the developers move in it will all be gone. The south side where they intend to build a freight depot is home to plants indigenous to Germany which grew after the seeds were washed off the returning aircraft which had been flung high into the air by the exploding bombs. Macabre? Possibly, but a very important piece of history.
Here here. So much history on the site has already been lost and if the developers move in it will all be gone. The south side where they intend to build a freight depot is home to plants indigenous to Germany which grew after the seeds were washed off the returning aircraft which had been flung high into the air by the exploding bombs. Macabre? Possibly, but a very important piece of history. theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
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3:30am Fri 30 May 14

SirLance says...

God bless the Canadians who flew from 'Goosepool' . Some managed 34 trips! Average survival was 15 to 20 trips if they were lucky! People in this country don't realize how lucky they are to not be under the Nazi jackboot!
God bless the Canadians who flew from 'Goosepool' . Some managed 34 trips! Average survival was 15 to 20 trips if they were lucky! People in this country don't realize how lucky they are to not be under the Nazi jackboot! SirLance
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