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North-east air force personnel take part in moving remembrance ceremony while on Eastern European mission

Members of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, Royal Air Force on parade at Heroes Day, Buzău.
Members of 135 Expeditionary Air Wing, Royal Air Force on parade at Heroes Day, Buzău.

A detachment of RAF personnel from the north-east have taken part in a moving ceremony to remember Eastern European comrades.

Crews from RAF Lossiemouth are currently in Romania to take part in a Nato mission to protect the sky above the Black Sea region.

While there, 18 personnel took part in a parade through the city of Buzău to remember men and women who have died serving Romania.

The moving ceremony began at a cemetery containing the graves of more than 9,600 personnel from several nations who served during both world wars.

Typhoons from the Moray base then provided a spectacular flypast for the event with the local air force.

Flying officer Jennifer Scalisi-Cain said: “Representing the UK Armed Forces, marching in a beautiful Romanian city, in front of all these smiling locals with fellow members of the RAF and military personnel from across Europe is an experience I will never forget.”

The parade was scheduled to coincide with the country’s Heroes’s Day – which is organised to recognise national figures at military and religious landmarks.

Personnel representing other Nato nations, including Italy, Turkey and Canada also took part in the event.

A total of 635,000 soldiers died serving Romania during both world wars. This year the country celebrates its centenary following the union of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina.

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