The Wartime Memories Project - Andrew Mynarski The Forgotten Hero



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During 2005, The Wartime Memories Project have been partnering with Middleton St George Primary School, Keith Maddison, The Northern Echo and Middleton House Productions to chronical the story of the "Forgotten Hero"

Hailed as a hero in his native Canada, Andrew Mynarski VC, was almost unknown to the people now living close to his wartime base and the millions of passengers who now fly from the same runways. 60 years on from the night he he gave his life in trying to save his friend, a small group of people decided that this injustice should be corrected.

The Northern Echo launched "The Forgotten Hero" appeal to raise the funds needed for the statue, with a fantastic response. The children of Middleton St George Primary School have dedicated much of their time to learning about what life would have been like at their local airfield during the war years

This film follows the sculptor Keith Maddison as he worked on the statue, records the educational activities and art projects undertaken by the children, plus interviews with veterans of 419 Squadron. The cameras were there on the the 4th of June at the emotional ceremony when the statue was unvieled and one of the last remaining Lancasters made an unforgettable flypast.

This incredibly moving DVD, including a dramatic reconstruction of the night Mynarski's VC was won, is now available to buy.

Total running time 1 hour 55 minutes.

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Comments from those who have bought this DVD:

"Beautiful video of a British tribute to an Heroic Canadian. Thank you."





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A Selection of Screen shots from the DVD


As the Ju88 attacked the Lancaster, two engines caught fire.

The rear gunner Pat Brophy was trapped in his turret.

The desperate attempt to free Brophy from his turret.

Mynarski Salutes his Friend before jumping from the blazing aircraft.

The school children learn about the statue.

Learning about Second World War parachutes.

The message on a cross written by the children.

The cross was placed on Mynarski's grave, in France, by Keith Maddison.

Keith Maddison working on the clay sculpture.

The bronze statue takes shape.

The statue is revealed.

Betty Amlin places a rose at the foot of the statue moments after it has been unveiled.

Pat Brophy's daughter Colleen answers the children's questions about her father.

Len McGaughey, Canadian veteran of 419 Sqd. relates his experiences.





The Forgotten Hero DVD was launched with a preview showing on the 7th of December 2005.

at The St George Hotel, Durham Tees Valley Airport. It was a very successful evening enjoyed by all who attended. The Fund raising for the appeal to create a copy of the statue to be erected in Mynarski's home town of Canada was kick started at the event, with almost £100 being raised on the night.




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