War plaque unveiled for Stansted Airport

War plaque unveiled for Stansted AirportStansted Airport was visited by a group of extra special war veterans for the unveiling of a plaque yesterday.

The four original members of the Band of Brothers – made famous from the mini-series produced by Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg – flew from the US for the trip to see the monument which is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Donald Malarky, Ed Tipper, Bradford Freeman and Buck Compton attended a ceremony which acknowledged Stansted Airport’s role as an operational base to two US Army Air Force bomber units during the war.

The four ex-soldiers had been members of Easy Company’s 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

They were joined at the event by British soldiers who are currently based in Colchester.

Stewart Wingate, managing director of Stansted Airport, said it was an honour to be joined by so many "brave and distinguished service personnel".

"Stansted is very proud of its long and illustrious past and the critical role the airfield played during World War Two as a US Army Air Force base," he added.

The ten part mini-series Band of Brothers was produced by Spielberg and Hanks following the success of the Hollywood blockbuster Saving Private Ryan.

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