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Anzac Day Memorial Service for two Royal New Zealand Air Force service men.

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On Thursday 25th April, 2019 Community Windpower Ltd (CWL) held a memorial service in honour of two Royal New Zealand Air Force service men, who sadly lost their lives at Middle Monynut in 1945. The day’s memorial service coincided with Anzac day, a day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders, to pay respects to those who died in service and are currently serving.  

Flight TF.X NE813, piloted by Flying Officer, Harry Kenneth Lillington Rice, aged 21 & Navigator, Flying Officer, Aubrey John Clarke, aged 23 began training operations at 2305 Hours, Wednesday 2nd May 1945. At 0229 Hours, Thursday 3rd May 1945, Flight TF.X NE813 crash lands into high ground, at Wester Dod on Sottenclough Farm where Aikengall II wind farm now stands.

CWL were delighted to be in attendance with relatives of both aircrafts men, Ben Macpherson MSP - Scottish Minister for Europe, Migration & International Development, Sir Neil McIntosh CBE - New Zealand Honorary Consul Scotland, Reverend Suzanne Fletcher of Innerwick Parish Church and current service men and women of both the Royal Air Force and Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Ben Macpherson MSP, told The National Newspaper: “The men and women of the New Zealand Defence Forces continue to serve side by side with the Royal Regiment of Scotland in conflicts across the globe. Anzac Day is a time to remember with pride those who have served, and those who still serve. I hope the memorial provides a future focus for remembering our New Zealand comrades for many years to come.”

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