YOUR LETTERS: Anger over USAF training

The scene soon after the jet crashed at Weston Hills on October 8 last year. SG081014-207TW
The scene soon after the jet crashed at Weston Hills on October 8 last year. SG081014-207TW

I am writing regarding the American fighter jet that crashed in our village within the last year (rather close to where I and my family live).

Earlier this week, I noticed three American fighters dog fighting over the village again for five to 10 minutes. I was wondering if the American Air Force hasn’t the sense or sensibility to avoid the Weston Hills/Weston area for the foreseeable future. Why has the RAF not said something?

I had rather hoped that, taking into account the considerable disturbance to everyone’s daily life (I had to stand in the rain for four-and-a-half hours as the police wouldn’t let me go home) during this period, that the very least they could do would be to reroute training flights away from populated areas (of which there are no shortage in the fens).

I also thought it was quite shameful having traumatised the children and parents of the village, that all that has been forthcoming in terms of an apology appears to be a certificate and sticker for the children of our primary school, and I believe that was from the police force.

The children of Weston Hills have only a grass playing field with no play equipment. As an inexpensive gesture and sensible PR exercise, I am amazed that the American Air Force and the RAF have done nothing about this, in return for the near catastrophe that was inflicted upon us. A second or two difference and my street would be gone.

I was too angry to write to you earlier this week.

D Doherty

Spalding