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Association pour le Souvenir des Ailes de la Victoire en Normandie.

After the end of the Second World War many of those who had served with Hawker Typhoon squadrons quickly began to feel that they and their fallen comrades had been forgotten, throughout the 1950s and 1960s little could be found or heard on the Hawker Typhoon let alone its pilots and ground crews.

It is a sad fact that during this time, and to some extent even today, Britain was more preoccupied with Spitfires and Hurricanes than remembering an aircraft which made a major contribution to winning the land battles for Western Europe and bringing the war with Germany to an end.

Even during the 60th Anniversary year of the D Day landings it seemed that while New Zealand and Australia could send their Prime Ministers abroad to remember Hawker Typhoon pilots killed sixty years ago the UK couldn't be bothered.

However, thanks to the gratitude and generosity of France some fourteen years earlier in June 1990 a permanent memorial had been unveiled at Noyers Bocage which was dedicated to all Hawker Typhoon pilots and ground crews who had lost their lives in the course of liberating France in 1944.

The "Typhoon Memorial", as it is known, was the brainchild of Jacques Brehin, of Normandy, France, who is the President and founder of the Association pour le Souvenir des Ailes de la Victoire en Normandie. (ASAVN) Through determined commitment Jacques managed to obtain the necessary support from the French government for the memorial, then having found and secured a construction site at Noyers Bocage proceeded to raise funds for it. During September of 2003 the Canadian Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, awarded him a Meritorous Service Medal for his unstinting efforts in bringing the memorial into being and subsequently in June of 2004 he was made an MBE. Those who have attended any of the remembrance services at or near the memorial cannot fail to be moved by the ASAVN's undying gratitude to surviving Hawker Typhoon pilots and ground crews, and for those who never came home.


(To visit the ASAVN's website a link can be found on the "Links" page or click here)



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