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Dedication of the Memorial at Pound Corner
This is a story from WW II, at 11.02 am. on Saturday 5th. February 1944 two Republic P47 Thunderbolt Fighter Bomber aircraft collided over Wangford. Both 2nd Lt Roger A Phillips 61st fighter squadron & 2nd Lt Richard A Albert 63rd fighter squadron were killed.
A memorial to the pilots from Halesworth Air Field (Holton) was set up on the verge at Pound Corner in Wangford in 2008.
65 years after the crash an email came to the village website asking for information on the crash from Mr. David Grosvenor he was asking on behalf of a friend, so all the relevant facts were sent to him to pass on, which he did.
On the 20/11/09 an email arrived from Christine Albert Gage to say that Mr. Grosvenor had been asking on her behalf and to thank us for all our help. She went on to say that she and her husband are musicians in Austin, Texas and she would like to come to Wangford and sing a song she had written ("Wings of War") at the site of the crash. (What she didn’t say was they are recording artists) Her dad now 91had only heard that his only brother Dick had died in a training exercise and was very happy to get the full story of Lt. Albert getting disorientated in snow clouds and climbed straight in front of Lt. Phillips who cut his plane in half with no chance of avoiding him.
Mrs. Joan Hunting or Joan Walker as she was then, ran from the shop to see if she could help as she was in the Red Cross (she was only 17/18 years old) when she got there she said “Lt Albert looked like he had just stopped for a rest, just sitting in half a Plane” she still lives in the village a remembers it as if it was yesterday.
Kenny Gilbert (about 17 years old) was walking back to Wangford from Uggeshall and watched the cash in the air. He then ran to where the plane came down as kids do and was first on the scene but was soon told to move on by Sergeant Reynolds the local bobby. Kenny sadly died on 23rd September 2010, 16 days before the dedication he was so looking forward to.
On October 9th this year Albert & Gage came to Wangford and to do a show for the people of the village as a way of thanking them and to help raise some money for our Church roof.
Christine has visited her uncle’s grave in Cambridge on October 9th 2008 which inspired her to write the song.
A very good turnout.
Albert and Gage sing Wings of War.
Susan Albert reads a poem by

John A Aranyos, Lt. Albert’s best friend.
To Dick

When day is done and work is through
When I have washed and dined
When twilight steals across sky’s blue
I get you on my mind.

When silvery props the air would split
With thunderous sound and roar
How happily through the clouds we’d flit
How we would climb and soar.

They tell me that those days are gone
But this I must confide
“You see I’m never quite alone
You are always by my side.”

How straight you stood in line that day
When we received our wings
How were we to know you’d pay
So dearly for those things.

I remember well that cold bleak day
On England’s Eastern shore
The “Great Commander” took you away
From all the hate and war.

Perhaps He saw the silvery sheen
Of your wings as you did fly
He was thrilled to see a soul so clean
Cavorting through the sky.

He probably looked the whole world round
Till his eyes came to rest on you
He probably said “At last I’ve found –
A true son of my blue.”

Now beyond the blue in distant land
Where the south wind always sighs
Where the air is calm beneath His hand
There my buddy flies.

By John A. Aranyos
Sent to Mrs. Victor Albert – mother of Richard A. Albert
December 17, 1946

Amazingly, John A. Aranyos died on the day of the dedication, but his words, thoughts and feelings will live on.
Maurice Hammond gave a flypast in his
WWII P51 Mustang "Marrinnell"
the Rev. Richard Henderson conducted the service and Sue Taylor played taps.

That evening a Concert
Then a long trip to Twickenham to do a gig that evening, before Susan and Kim flew back to Florida leaving Christine and Chris to fly to Europe

to start their European tour.


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Christine Albert Gage and Chris Gage gave us a amazing concert in aide of “The Wangford Church Roof Fund” and their charity “Swan Songs”. Where people who are dying get the chance to have professional musicians come and play their kind of music be it jazz, country & western, classical, folk or pop, in their home or hospice for free.

Our own Pete Symonds opened the show with his own gentle style, then Miss Lisa Ambrose from Bungay upped the beat in her inevitable way, ( she really is unique ) all introduced by the one and only Sidi Scott.

Albert and Gage, two fifty minuet sets flew passed like half an hour; the piano has not had a work out like that for years. CDs sold like hot cakes and everybody asked when they were coming back. This is the first time I have seen a standing ovation in the center everybody wanting more.

Our American friends were all made honorary “Wangfordians” by Sidi Scott to the great delight of the audience.

On the Friday before Christine, her sister Susan, Chris and Kim a close friend, went to Halesworth Airfield Museum with Joan Hunting, where they shown around and given coffee by the wonderful staff. 2nd. Lt. R. Albert flew from there as did 2nd. Lt. R. Phillips.

Click here for Wings of War 

Breaking news

Music Video Director/Producer George J. Flanigen, Engineer/Producer Glenn Lorbecki and GRAMMY-winning Producer/Performer/Songwriter Jimmy Jam Re-Elected to Second Terms with Recording Artist Christine Albert Elected as Newest National Officer

Download image SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Recording Academy® ( recently held its spring Board of Trustees meeting in Los Angeles, and elections for National Officers yielded the following: award-winning music video director/producer George J. Flanigen from Nashville was re-elected to a second term as Chair; recording artist Christine Albert from Texas was elected Vice Chair; engineer/producer Glenn Lorbecki from the Pacific Northwest continues for a second term as Secretary/Treasurer; and five-time GRAMMY® winner Jimmy Jam from Los Angeles was re-elected for a second term as Chair Emeritus. Additionally, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to the recently announced restructuring of the GRAMMY Awards with 78 categories to be presented at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.

This year 2013 Christine Albert became Madam Chair of the Grammy Awards.

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