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Trust Support For Air Op Memorial

Published: 04 Aug 2015

Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson, Chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, attended the dedication of a new memorial to the Air Observation Post (AOP) in mid-July.

The memorial, an obelisk of Portland stone surmounted by a bronze resin bust of an AOP pilot, was placed in the Garden of Remembrance at the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop. 

It was dedicated at a ceremony attended by Army Aviation veterans. The project was funded with donations from members of the Air OP Officers' Association, and several charities including the RAF Charitable Trust which gave £1,000 towards the memorial.

The AOP, which was based on the concept of observing and directing artillery fire from the air, served with distinction from 1940 to 1957.

Sir Kevin said: "The AOP squadrons played a significant role during the Second World War. The Charitable Trust, while not normally being involved in supporting memorials, was delighted to help the Army Air Corps Officers' Association to create a fitting memorial recognising the role played by Royal Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force personnel, who so bravely contributed to the many achievements of the AOP Squadrons."  

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