The 1st April 2018 saw the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force, formed from the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Navy Air Service. We marked the Centenary with a short service of Remembrance at the War Memorial. The Chairman read out the names of the airmen on the memorial. From the First World War;

FRANK OLIVER FREEMAN was serving as an Aircraftman 2nd Class with 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force when he died of thyphus on the 27th December 1919, whilst serving in Southern Russia. He was aged 20.

HERBERT RUTTER SIMMS was a Flight Leftenant in the predecessor to the RAF, The Royal Navy Air Service and died when the Nieuport type 12 he was piloting was shot down off Ostend on 5th May 1916 by a German torpedo boat. He was aged 24 and is buried in Chipping Norton Cemetery.

From the Second World War;

RONALD JACQUES was serving as a Flying Officer, Navigator, with 463 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force and was killed in action when his Avro Lancaster was shot down during an attack on marshalling yards at Lille on 11th May 1944. He was aged 28.

JOHN HAROLD JEFFRIES was serving a Sergeant, Flight Engineer in the Royal Air Force 10 Squadron missing in action when his Vickers Wellington was lost on 26th February 1942 during an attack on the floating dock at Kiel. He was aged 21.

LESLIE WILLIAM JOHN KING Distinguished Flying Cross was serving as a Flying Officer, Flight Engineer with 617 Squadron, The Royal Air Force when he was killed in action on when his Avro Lancaster was hit by flak during an attack on V2 rocket storage on 24th June 1944. He was aged 30.

NORMAN JOSEPH NAYLOR was serving as a Sergeant Air Gunner/Wireless Operator with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 57 Squadron when he was killed in action when his Vickers Wellington was shot down on a raid on Hamburg on 8th April 1942. He was aged 23.

OLIVER PLUNKETT was serving as a Pilot Officer (Navigator), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve with No 3 School of General Reconnaissance when he was killed on active service on 16th August 1941 when his Blackburn Botha crashed during a training sortie. He was aged 26 and is buried in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Churchyard, Chipping Norton.

NICHOLAS JOHN STOCKFORD was serving as a Sergeant Flight Engineer with the Royal Air Force when he died on 18th September 1944 of pleurisy only months after bailing out of his stricken Lancaster over France. He evaded capture and returned to England via the Comet Line. He was aged 22 and is buried in Heythrop Churchyard.