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£2,570
raised of £5,000 target by 34 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,570 to Commemorate the WW2 crew of RAF Coastal Command Bristol Beaufort AW271

    Ballykelly - Northern Ireland
    Funded on Saturday, 12th June 2021

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    The Foyle College Aviation Team.

    They are a dedicated group of aviation sleuths aged between 16-18 years of age who attend Foyle College in Derry, Northern Ireland. They're passionate about their local WW2 aviation history. They have participated in licensed digs at aircraft crash sites across Ireland working alongside experienced aviation archaeologists and University experts.

    The 2 minute video (above) shows the FCAT pupils in action. They put this video together as part of a successful application to Derry City & Strabane District Council's 'YOUth Making It Happen' funding programme at the end of 2020. They have also been successful in securing a much appreciated donation from the RAF in NI. These donations have kick-started this project.

    Some of their recent digs have featured on ground-breaking television series and others have contributed to award winning museum exhibitions. Their latest project is their biggest and most emotional yet.

    I need your help to enable the FCAT pupils to raise finances to erect a fitting memorial in memory of the crew of Beaufort AW271 at the site where the aircraft crashed on 30th April 1942, near to its base at RAF Ballykelly. Later in the year, the FCAT pupils hope to arrange a suitably Covid - secure commemoration event at the crash site, attended by the immediate relatives of the aircrew who live in England and Scotland. The memorial will be dedicated to the crew of AW 271 and the wider service of Coastal Command during WW2.

    Finally, to increase the pupil's knowledge of the Bristol Beaufort, any funds raised will also help the pupils to travel to the RAF Museum at Hendon (London) to see the only surviving Beaufort in the UK. Such a trip will be invaluable and will assist them with a future licensed archaeological excavation at the site to recover the small amount of wreckage that remains. The pupils, and the archaeological team working with them, intend to preserve these artifacts and have them displayed in relevant local and national museums to educate, commemorate, and inspire others.

    Coastal Command is widely acknowledged as the ‘Cinderella’ service of the RAF during WW2.

    Whereas both Fighter and Bomber Commands have had a much heralded (and rightful) place in history, Coastal Command’s achievements during World War 2 are understated. Coastal Command carried out attacks on shipping both off enemy coasts and also, importantly, in the central Mediterranean as aircraft attacked supply convoys bound for Rommel’s north African Campaign, often pressing home torpedo attacks at very close range whilst flying through intense anti-aircraft fire. The Command also undertook relentless long range anti-submarine sorties as the Allies sought to defeat the U-Boat campaign by closing the ‘Atlantic Gap’.

    The losses sustained by Coastal Command were fearful. Analysis shows that only 3% of Coastal Command aircrew survived two operational tours of thirty missions each.

    The pupils want to ensure that the names and service of F/L Archibald Duncan Livingstone (22), F/L Richard William Gilbert Holdsworth (31) and F/S Stanley Frederick Chadwick (21) are remembered and that their relatives, throughout the UK, know their valuable contribution to the war effort is not forgotten and that there is a permanent memorial to them, erected by a younger generation, where they can pay their respects.

    This is the last year at school for the FCAT pupils – please help them to make this happen!

    Thank you.

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    • Jonny McNee6 months ago
      Jonny McNee

      Jonny McNee

      6 months ago

      Tomorrow, we'll be closing our FCAT Just Giving page for AW271. Thank you to all those supporters who donated nearly £2,600 to these wonderful pupils and this emotional, historical WW2 project. Having successfully completed the excavation at the start of May this year, we are now going to work on the next part of the project which is getting a suitable memorial located at the crash site. So you still have time for a last minute donation or send this on to someone you think might want to support this worthwhile cause. Thank you !

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    • Jonny McNee7 months ago
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      7 months ago
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      Today we are 50% to our target. We have successfully completed our dig on Saturday 1st May in memory of these three brave Coastal Command airmen. We are now actively planning for a suitable memorial stone to be engraved and placed at the site. Please help the FCATs make this possible.

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    34

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 28, 2021

    • Jimmy Johnston

      Jimmy Johnston

      May 24, 2021

      True Hero’s.

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 14, 2021

      Great effort 👍🏻

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 9, 2021

    • Henry Reid

      Henry Reid

      May 6, 2021

      So important to remember these young men, glad to support this memorial.

      £20.00

    • Paul O’Brien

      Paul O’Brien

      May 4, 2021

      Well done and see you soon.

    • Roe Valley Branch RAFA

      Roe Valley Branch RAFA

      May 4, 2021

      NON NOBIS SED VOBIS

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