World War 2: Vandals spray-paint swastikas on commemorative D-day bench in Lincolnshire | World | News


A bench in Twyford Wood, Lincolnshire, which commemorated the servicemen who flew from the airfield for the Normandy landings in June 1944, was targeted. A fuel drum and a wall were also sprayed silver and white paint. People living nearby have branded the vandalism “sickening” and “disrespectful”, especially as veterans have been celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings this week.

One resident said the vandals “are not worthy of the sacrifice that these brave men gave to enable people of today to have the freedom they have”.

Another person said: “Evil little swines.

“I think it is time for national service it just might turn them into decent human beings.”

Someone else added: “It’s disrespectful and disgusting.”

US Second World War pilot Lt Col David Hamilton, 96, went to the wood earlier this month.

The visit marked 75 years since he flew from there on the eve of D-Day.

There was also a special flyover of an original WWll Douglas C47 Skytrain on the day. 

He is the last surviving Troop Carrier Command pilot from a special operations Pathfinder mission on June 5, 1944.

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses after the vandalism was discovered yesterday. 

A statement said: “Between Sunday, June 9 and Monday, June 10, a number of areas within the Twyford Woods site have been defaced with swastikas in silver and white spray paint.

“This includes a commemorative bench which has been extensively vandalised.

“We are appealing for witnesses to this vandalism and anyone with any information that can assist with our investigation to contact us.”

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