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THE COMMEMORATION of the LAST MISSION
On 15th May 2011 the last mission of Liberator
KH158 was commemorated in the grounds of Faggio Rotondo, home of
Cesare Mancuso and Bianca Barletta. Situated above the village of Neirone in the
Ligurian mountains Faggio Rotondo was once the headquarters of
the local partisans and lies in the wartime "Morris
"drop zone area. It is now part of the "alta via dei
monti liguri" - a mountain hiking route.
A marble plaque listing the names of the crew was positioned on the wall of the "Round House" in the grounds and this was unveiled by crew relatives Anne Storm and Martin Urry.
Sandro Vazon helped in the organisation of the event and with Beppe Barbero arranged for the plaque to be made and placed on the wall..
ENGLISH TRANSLATION of the
In Memory of the Crew of Liberator KH158
31 Squadron SAAF
Disappeared on 12th October 1944 .
During a supply drop Mission to Resistance forces operating in this area .
Lest we forget .
Relatives laid this Plaque on 15th May 2011 .
Drop Zone "Morris "
|View of Faggio Rotondo and Round House from mountain above||People assembling at the Round House|
|. The Mayor of Neirone, Angelo,welcomes all||Before unveiling .Angelo, Martin ,Anne, Gabriella|
|The Plaque unveiled .||Photograph taken from the newspaper GAZETTA|
Present at the ceremony were family members and the following :
|Community Representatives :
Angelo Peripimeno-Mayor of Neirone
Prof. Gabriella Mondello. Member of
|Diplomatic Representatives :
Enrico De Barbieri, South African Honorary
Consul in Genoa
Leading Co-ordinators :
Sandro Vazon - the event, inspiration,
involvement and hard work
After the unveiling the Deputy Mayor presented an introduction and the Mayor took on the role of Master of Ceremonies and translator. Representatives gave speeches making references to the bravery of the missing airmen and that this should encourage everyone to work towards an honorable future. Anne spoke of her father and read his letter written to her in 1944..
On the completion of her speech Prof. Gabrielle Mondello presented Anne with a framed memento of the occasion
|Framed Memento gift to Anne||Wooden Plaque : given as gifts by Anne & Roy. Designed & made by Keith Spence -Robin Hood's Bay, NE Yorks. www.cromwellsplaques.com.|
Members attended an exhibition inside the "Round House " which included items of wartime aircraft, a WW2 supply container, uniforms, crew and other photographs.Supply container with goods inside.With parachutes attached these containers were dropped from the bomb bay of the plane, to waiting partisans .
|THE CREW -minus a photo of Hudspith of whom no photo is available.||
The small red
diamond shape, by the ribbons, shows the hiking route
|See author MALCOLM TUDOR's website www.emiliapublishing.com His books on World War II Italy include chapters on this mission.|
A computerised presentation of KH158 by TERRY MAKER
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