RAF100 charity cyclists visit Memorial

A group of charity cyclists from RAF No 99 Squadron in Brize Norton visited the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent on the way to remember fallen colleagues at Landsmeer in the Netherlands on Dutch Remembrance Day (4 May).

The squadron pays its respects every year to mark the crash of a Wellington bomber in September 1941 and commemorate the five No 99 Squadron crew members who were lost.

This year the group decided to tackle the 450-mile trip on two wheels, raising sponsorship cash in the process for the four charities being supported by this year’s RAF100 celebrations.

A representative of one of those charities, Vernon Gough, Welfare Officer with the Hythe and Romney Marsh Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) was on hand to meet the group, made up of nine cyclists and a two-person support team.

Also present to wish the cyclists well on the next leg of their journey, and have a look around the Memorial at the same time, were young people from No 99 (Folkestone) Squadron Air Training Corps.

“It was a great opportunity to visit this amazing Memorial,” commented Sgt Diane Stenson, from No 99 Squadron. “We were very impressed with how well kept and well loved it is – and it’s remarkable to think that this has all been done without any public funding.”

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