Navigator’s family visit base

At the grave of Flt Sgt Edward George Godfrey, inset, at All Saints' Church in Wittering are from left, Martin Ogaard, Helene Ogaard, WO Steven Marshall, Marius Ogaard, Christine Ogaard, Therese Ogaard and David Standish-Leigh
At the grave of Flt Sgt Edward George Godfrey, inset, at All Saints' Church in Wittering are from left, Martin Ogaard, Helene Ogaard, WO Steven Marshall, Marius Ogaard, Christine Ogaard, Therese Ogaard and David Standish-Leigh

THE family of a former RAF navigator travelled from Norway to visit his former base.

Flight Sergeant Edward George Godfrey was based at RAF Wittering when he was killed in a plane crash near Oundle in 1942.

Flt Sgt Godfrey was buried in All Saints’ churchyard in Wittering and this month his daughter Christine Ogaard and her four children, who live in Norway, visited his grave for the first time.

The family paid tribute to Flt Sgt Godfrey with a series of readings and were given a tour of the church by warden David Stanish-Leigh.

They were also invited to the RAF WIttering Heritage Centre, where Pilot Off Rob Maude gave a talk, and were treated to refreshments in the officer’s mess with station commander, Group Captain Richard Hill.

Mrs Ogaard said: “The warm reception we received at RAF Wittering was so much more than we expected.

“My family were also very impressed by all the trouble taken to give us information and mementos of the air station.”

“Our commemoration ceremony was the high point. It really proved a memorable event and I feel it succeeded in bringing my father into my family in a new way.”