Daughter makes emotional visit to father’s war grave during Burtonwood reunion event

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THE daughter of a US Army test pilot who was tragically killed while testing a jet over Burtonwood made an emotional visit to his war grave during a recent reunion event.

Shortly after opening a road named in memory of her father Major Frederic Borsodi, Barbara Borsodi was taken to the American Cemetery at Cambridge where saw her father’s grave for the very first time.

She then stayed on for a special Memorial Day service, which included a flypast and speeches and laying of wreaths on the Wall of the Missing. Over 130 wreaths were laid including one, by Barbara, for RAF Burtonwood and the Burtonwood Association.

Barbara was making her first-ever trip to the UK and was just six weeks old when her test-pilot father, Frederic Borsodi, was killed on January 28, 1945 while demonstrating the first US jet-propelled fighter, the P-80, in RAF Burtonwood.

Burtonwood Association President Aldon Ferguson, who took Barbara and her husband Lou to the war grave said: “It was an emotional time for us all.”

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II American military war grave cemetery, located between the villages of Coton and Madingley, 7 km north-west of Cambridge, England. The cemetery, dedicated in 1956, contains 3,811 American war dead and covers 30.5 acres.

Emotional trip down memory lane for daughter of jet pilot killed at Burtonwood


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