Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton names linked to World War 2

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The names of some of the people who first came to this area as prisoners of war or as refugees will be familiar to local residents.

There is Hans Heib, who married local girl Audrey; Heinz Radeloff, the last prisoner released from the camp at Sutton Bridge, who married Rene; and Stefan Artanan, who also settled down with a Sutton Bridge girl, Mary.

Then there were the evacuees who arrived in 1942, among whom David Newton chose to make his life in Long Sutton, and the men who served in the various services, such as Doug Marsh and Ken Markillie.

Wendy Jeffries says there are also the men who came to train at Sutton Bridge airfield who went on to become household names, such as Sailor Malan, Paddy Finucane and Johnnie Johnson.

And there are the men who came and lost their lives in the skies and fields of the district.

In acknowledgement of the men who lie in Sutton Bridge war graves, looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a plaque is to be dedicated at St Matthew’s Church on Sunday, May 24 at 12.30pm, and there will hopefully be a memorial fly past.