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Major Lanoe Hawker VC to be commemorated in France

The British World War One flying ace and VC recipient died 100 years ago next month. A ceremony in France will be held to honour his memory.


Maj Lanoe Hawker VC. Credit: IWM

Next month, on November 11, 2016, XXIV Squadron Association is co-ordinating a special ceremony at Ligny-Thilloy to mark the centenary of Maj Lanoe Hawker's death. The ceremony will be attended not only by serving members of Nos XXIV and 6 Squadrons but also by members of the Luftwaffe's present-day Richthofen fighter squadron, which is equipped with Eurofighters and based at Celle. All three squadron standards will be paraded and the mayor of Ligny-Thilloy and a large number of villagers are also expected to attend. All members of the public are welcome.

Major Hawker VC DSO RFC was the first permanent CO of XXIV Squadron. Hawker was shot down and killed on November 23, 1916, after a lengthy aerial combat with Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron. Hawker's DH.2 crashed behind enemy lines near the village of Ligny-Thilloy, about 25km south of Arras.

With thanks to Keith Chapman, President XXIV Squadron Association

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