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Contributed by D.E. & Lorraine Kerksiek.
"I am attaching a poem that my husband's uncle wrote for the airmen stationed at Grafton Underwood during WWII. I just forward it to you as I received it from Uncle Gordon in England. I thought your members could relate to it.
"Just a little background information; I originate from Kettering, England, just a couple of miles away from Grafton Underwood and my Father-in-Law, Elroy C. Kerksiek was stationed at Grafton Underwood during WWII and served as an MP there until 1945.(His unit was the 384th Group, Eighth Air Force). He married my Mother-in-law, who was English, and was also from Kettering, England. They returned to USA in 1945 and my husband Dale, was born to them in 1959. In 1982 Dale came to England to visit his Aunts and Uncles and we met and were married and returned to USA in 1984. We always visit Grafton Underwood and the monument to the American Airmen who gave their all, whenever we visit and in fact were there when the monument was unveiled in 1983 and watched the B.17 "Flying Fortress" fly over. (It gave you goosebumps!)
"The poem was written by Gordon R. Fox (brother to my Mother-in-law). As he lives at Twywell, just 6 miles from Grafton Underwood he spends many nights just driving along the old airfield road at Grafton Underwood. On one calm night he stated that he heard the sound of planes' engines and the feeling of airmen bustling around just came over him. It was like the airfield came to life for just a moment, that he had to put it down on paper and capture that moment in history again.
"I hope you enjoy the poem as much as we have done and can pass it on for your members for them to enjoy this Memorial weekend."