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Memorial for Allied Pilots Unveiled in Iceland

By Iceland Review

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Honorary Air Chief Marshal of the Royal British Air Force, unveiled a memorial yesterday in the Fossvogur cemetery in Reykjavík for allied pilots who were based in Iceland during World War II.

“We are not a nation with a history of war and therefore it is difficult for Icelanders to comprehend fully the efforts the allied forces made during World War II,” Iceland’s President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson said during the ceremony, Fréttabladid reports.

Grímsson thanked Prince Edward and the war veterans who attended the ceremony for their efforts and went on to say that the arrival of the allied forces in Iceland had had a great impact on a poor nation of farmers and fishermen.

Among retired British soldiers present at yesterday’s ceremony was Ralph Thomas Hannam, who married an Icelandic woman and still lives here, and Terry Bulloch, who flew a Liberator bomber and destroyed several German submarines during the war.

“Churchill said the only thing he had been afraid of in World War II were the German submarines,” Price Edward said in a speech, adding the battle over the Atlantic Ocean had marked a turning point in the war and thanked Iceland for its contribution.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Minister of Justice Björn Bjarnason and Mayor of Reykjavík Vilhjálmur Th. Vilhjálmsson also attended the ceremony yesterday.

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