Second World War Pathfinders recognised during RAF parade in March

RAF Pathfinders Parade at the Oliver Cromwell hotel, March. Left: Roy Briggs, June Tindall, Jack Wat

RAF Pathfinders Parade at the Oliver Cromwell hotel, March. Left: Roy Briggs, June Tindall, Jack Watson, Rupert Noye, Howard Kirby, Doug Read. Picture: Barry Giddings. - Credit: Archant

Five Second World War Pathfinders were present at a parade held to honour their achievements.

The parade took place at the Oliver Cromwell Hotel in March. It was attended by 156 Squadron (RAF Warboys) veterans Roy Briggs, Jack Watson, Rupert Noye, Howard Kirby and Doug Read, as well as the widow of another pathfinder, June Tindall. The Pathfinders were target marking squadrons in RAF Bomber Command. They located and marked targets with flares, which a main bomber force could aim at, increasing the accuracy of their bombing.

Rod Finn, of the Chiltern Air Crew Association, said: “The Pathfinders were an elite squadron who played a very important role marking targets for the following bombers.”

At the parade, Mayor of March Councillor Rob Skoulding was made an honorary member of the squadron.

Mr Finn said: “We have been coming to the Oliver Cromwell Hotel for so many years and they have always taken care of us and our families so this was a small way of saying thank you.


You may also want to watch:


“Rob’s father was also an honorary member and was buried wearing the squadron’s tie.”

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter