550 Squadron Commemoration May 2012
A selection of photographs from the Commemoration Service in Westerlo, Belgium in May 2012.
Many thanks to Louis Michels, George Turner and others for permission to put these pictures up on the web-site.
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See also Memorial plane crash in Voortkapel photos web-link published in Neteland nieuws.
18th May 2012
On the evening of the 18th we were invited to take part in the Celebrations in the Town Hall, Westerlo to mark the 100th birthday of the building. The Openluchtspektakel 'De Merodes' (open air show) was magnificient. The show lasted 4.5 hours and took place on three different sites and involved a 2km walk through Westerlo.
19th May 2012
A reception at 11.00 in the Town Hall, Westerlo followed by a visit to Schoonselhof Military Cemetery, Antwerp where the graves of five of the crew are located (the bodies of two of the crew were never recovered and so they are remembered on the walls at the Runnymede Memorial in Windsor). In the evening a dinner Hotel Geerts.
20th May 2012
10.30 Service in Voortkapel Church followed in the afternoon by a Service and Wreath laying at the Memorial Stone.
The commemorative events today were joined by a party from the Rebecq Association and representatives from the Royal British Legion (Antwerp branch).