Caiff yr erthygl hon ei chyfieithu yn fuan

An airman from Ceredigion was honoured on Monday by the French community of St Martin-sur-Oreuse, 120km south of Paris.

Geoffrey Edward Franklin, from Lampeter, was the Navigator onboard an RAF Lancaster bomber that crashed on 29 July 1944.

Flying Lancaster JB701 with Number 49 Squadron, based at RAF Fiskerton in Lincolnshire, Geoffery and his 6 other crew mates were shot down by enemy fighter aircraft whilst heading out on a bombing raid over Northern Germany. None of the crew survived the crash and they were buried together in the nearby cemetery of St Martin-sur-Oreuse.

Exactly 75 years later a new memorial was unveiled in the French field where they crashed.

More than 55,573 young men died whilst flying with Bomber Command in World War II. Flight Lieutenant Neil Farrell flies the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster, commemorating all those who have served in the RAF and Royal Flying Corps.

“Talking with the veterans about their experiences during WWII brings home the significance of continuing to fly the RAF BBMF fleet of WWII aircraft as a living tribute to them.  We should never forget the sacrifices they made nor the hardships they faced in defence of their country.”

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