As part of their remembrance programme, the Newcastle and Gateshead branch of the Association of the RAF will hold a special ceremony at Chevington Cemetery, near Amble, to honor the 23 airmen from British Commonwealth countries who died in Northumberland during the Second World War and are buried there. .
The British Commonwealth played a central role in Britain’s war effort, providing manpower where it was needed most.
In total, the Commonwealth armies that fought were made up of over 10 million troops from across the British Empire.
The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 24 in the presence of senior Royal Air Force officers and representatives of the Australian and New Zealand air forces.
Local civic dignitaries are expected to attend, along with a large contingent of RAF veterans and local residents.
An honor guard will be provided by RAF Boulmer, supported by uniformed members of the Northumbrian Universities Air Squadron and Air Training Corps cadets.
Standards from branches of the RAF Association and other ex-service organizations will be paraded and music for the event will be provided by the Backworth Colliery Band.
The memorial service will be led by an RAF Padre, during which wreaths will be laid on the RAF Memorial and then a memorial cross placed on the grave of each Commonwealth airman. The event will conclude with a parade of RAF personnel, cadets and veterans.