70 years ago there was great preparation in the part of England in which I live for the D Day Landings - the allied invasion of Normandy, France during World War II (6th June). Military vehicles and service personnel were parked up in the villages ready for the invasion. 70 years ago on the 2nd July an American aircraft flying back from Normandy to England came down in woodland near St. Marks Church in Ampfield, it was not on a combat mission but transporting personnel between bases. Sadly the aircraft developed engine failure and five American air force men from the 50th fighter group lost their lives .
Whilst I was working in the wood with a group that meets once a month to keep it in good order I noticed that the 70th anniversary of this fatal crash was approaching so asked if there could be some sort of act of remembrance around the memorial to the airmen. In a months time there will be a service and I hope to tell you the remarkable story behind this memorial which was erected in 1998.
Someone who attends this particular church asked me if I could make her some earrings and a pendant to match as she had noticed that I was wearing some earrings made with heart shape beads. She attended a wedding this weekend in France and wore the set.