GALLERY: World War Two Pathfinders hold their reunion and AGM at Fenland hotel

VETERANS from the iconic Pathfinder Squadron were treated to a march past by March Air Cadets and a fly past by a Lancaster bomber during their reunion weekend in Fenland.

Half a dozen former airmen from Pathfinders - whose job was to mark targets with incendiary bombs and flares during the Second World War - attended the event, based at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March.

With around 50 family and friends, the Pathfinders held their AGM at the hotel on Friday. Members of March ATC were at the hotel to carry out a march past, and then went inside to chat to the Pathfinders about their exploits.

A formal lunch was held at the hotel on Saturday. The following day, the party attended a church service at Warboys, and just after noon a Lancaster bomber paid tribute to the former air men with a fly past.

Rob Skoulding of the Oliver Cromwell Hotel said: “We were proud to welcome the Pathfinders and their families for another reunion at the hotel, and I would like to thank the ATC for their excellent turn out. The sun shone for the fly over, which was lovely.”

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The Pathfinder Force was formed in August 1942, based at Wyton. It included four squadrons of elite airmen selected to mark targets with incendiary bombs and flares, using the latest navigational equipment.

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