Airmen honoured at memorial service

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 September 2011

Memorial service for the parachute regiment association, at  Weston cemetary.

Memorial service for the parachute regiment association, at Weston cemetary.

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THE last five men of the Parachute Regiment Association in Weston gathered together last Sunday to pay tribute to 24 airmen who were killed in 1944.

Ex-sergeant of the Air-borne Regiment, Gilbert Bennett, aged 93, of Manor Court, in Weston was among the men.

He said the Weston branch has now closed due to lack of membership but they wanted to do something to remember the brave airmen who lost their lives.

He said: “We wanted to do it right and so we called the British Legion and Weston Brass Band. We had our two minutes silence to pay our respects and laid poppies on the men’s graves in Weston cemetery.”

The 24 airmen were killed on September 17, when their glider plane crashed in the Mendips on their way to Arnhem.

Mr Bennett said: “I can remember I was on my way home from Italy when I heard about the crash. We all felt it was important to have this service as we don’t know if there will be another to honour these men.”

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