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Newcastle Airport commemorates RAF Woolsington

As part of Newcastle Airport’s 80 Anniversary celebrations to commemorate those who served at the RAF Woolsington during World War Two, the airport has unveiled a plaque.

During the Second World War, Newcastle Airport was used as a temporary auxiliary base for the Royal Air Force until it was handed back in 1946. The plaque was unveiled by the airport’s operations director Richard Knight OBE who is a former wing commander in the RAF, where he served for 27 years. He was joined by Air Commodore Ian Forster, President of the Royal Air Force Newcastle branch and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham.

Richard Knight commented on the event:

“We will never forget those who served and fought for our freedom during the Second World War. I am delighted to house such a prestigious plaque that marks those who served at RAF Woolsington during such an important period of our history.”

The plaque is located inside the airport terminal just before the security gates. It commemorates all who served in RAF Woolsington during the war, but is also in memory of all the service men and women who have fought for their country.

Ian Forster said:

“We are all one big family who will never forget our old air force personnel both past and present.

“This plaque commemorates those who served at RAF Woolsington, but I think we should remember all the RAF servicemen and women from Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas.

“Proudly and thankfully we will remember them.”

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