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curiouswombat in photo_scavenger

Week 3 - Honour.

I have thought of a few possible pictures for this - I even went this morning and took two, especially - and then, as I was looking for something else, I found these on file from last spring, never posted anywhere - and thought they would be even better.

This is a memorial stone erected in honour of four young American pilots who flew with the RAF and died on the same day in 1941, in tragic circumstances. There is a close-up of the description below the cut, and a link to an article about them. I thought American community members might like to see that their countrymen are remembered in such a beautiful, and peaceful, spot.

Honouring American pilots of the RAF

Unfortunately my close-up is not perfect;

Honour - close up

The difficult to read surname of the first pilot is Mamedoff. Here is an article explaining just how these four young men come to be honoured with this plaque so far from their home states.

If, by the remotest chance, anyone knows anyone who is related to the pilots I would happily go and take a better picture for them anytime.


What a lovely spot! And a lovely memorial. Thanks for sharing that one.
It is a lovely place to be remembered. Although it is very sad that at least one of them died more or less within that shot - but flying in thick fog they just didn't know where they were and flew straight into the island.
Ouch! And so young, too. I think we often forget that wars are fought by people we would barely consider adults under other circumstances.
I know - so young. Pilot Officer White was younger than my daughter.
What a tragic story; it must have been the most appalling weather for so many of them to be lost on the same day. When I first saw the memorial I assumed it must be one single crash, though of course with fighter pilots it couldn't be that.
Yes - it is the fact that they were all pilots that set me off looking for more information when I saw it.

We do do mist and fog in a very big way - I can see them not knowing that the cloud actually came right down to the sea and dropping to get below 'the ceiling' all too easily.
Both pictures gave me goosebumps. And one of the pilots was from Connecticut, where I am, though I don't know where Thompson is,
I think it is good that they are remembered and honoured there - so far from home.

I guess many people in their home states would now be surprised to find America pilots were flying in WW2 in 1941.

I'm loving all these photos and I think this project is going to be a pretty active one with all these new members :)
There are some really fascinating pictures this week, aren't there? I am really amazed how many of my friends saw my post about the community and said "Yes - just the challenge I've been looking for!" But the more the better I think.
I had kind of a rough morning. I saw this while sitting at Starbucks having coffee and it nearly brought me to tears. It was that kind of morning, and that was before I went on my own scavenging for "honor."

Thank you for this. What a beautiful setting!
It is a 'lump in the throat' story, I agree. But if you are to be remembered anywhere, a churchyard that has been there for over 1,000 years, with such a view, is a good place I think.
Amen to that!
What a gorgeous spot for a memorial...such a sad story, though...one of far too many sad war stories.
I realise that I forgot to say that it is at the edge of the churchyard - which has been a sacred space for well over 1,000 years. All four were killed within a couple of miles of the place where the memorial stands.
LOL Just rubbing in all that lovely history, huh?
But of course! No, to be honest I was just trying to give some idea of what a tranquil spot it really is.
LOL I knew that, I just couldn't resist.
What a gorgeous spot, and lovely dedication.
It is good to see that they are not forgotten - they had clearly had memorial crosses put there on Remembrance Sunday in the November.
I can't imagine a more beautiful setting. There's a little bit of Kansas buried on the Isle of Man. I was hoping to Google his name and perhaps learn a bit more about him, but the only link I found was the one to this memorial.

On a silly note, Captain Jack Harkness was a member of that very squadron at that time.
I was thinking of you when I saw that one of them came from Kansas.

As for Captain Jack - what fun!