Scheemda Visit

"Recently members of 501 Sqn were in Holland to participate in the annual Arnhem Remembrance March.

The Arnhem Marches are a good tool to educate junior members of the Services in our proud Heritage and Ethos. On the first Friday in September each year participants normally undertake a Battle Field Tour of the Arnhem area, and on the Saturday undertake a 40km walk around the area, joined by around 30,000 Dutch civilians.

Since 501 Sqn reformed in 2002, the Sqn has been keen to uphold our proud history. The Sqn has a thriving Association and Serving personnel strive to attend the funerals of as many of our predecessors as possible, in recent years we have provided a Guard of Honour for Hawkeye Lee, Mack Mackenzie and Byron Duckenfield, to name just a few.

The Sqn receives many visitors over the course of a year, from school children, to Senior Officers and occasionally Royalty, all visitors receive a Briefing on the Roll of the Sqn which contains a sizeable section on the Sqns achievements during WW2. Pride of place on the briefing is the achievements of Sqn Ldr Berry, our CO during 1944.

This year members of the Sqn went to Holland a day early to travel to Scheemda (120miles from Arnhem) to pay our respects to our former CO.

Attached a couple of photographs of our visit to Joeseph Berry's Grave.

Best Regards

AM McMann

Sgt

SNCO J4

501 Sqn"

 

 

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Source and photos:

Adam McMann