By Jan Jauncey
After walking around Montcony, the crash site and the churchyard, it was felt that a bench was needed in Montcony. The Parish Council at Linton decided to send money for a bench to be placed in their village.
This is a very English custom, and seemed quaint to the local villagers, but one was organised by the Mayor to be made by a local craftsman. It gave the Mayor the idea to create a memorial garden next to the Mairie to commemorate the crash, but also to show the growing links with the village of Linton and the English families of the airmen who had given their lives to help to free France.
2011 – a plaque to go on the bench was organised with words in English and in French by Derrick Jauncey. Unfortunately, he died before it was ready, but Jan took it out to Montcony and presented it to the Mayor on behalf of Linton villagers in October 2011.
By then the memorial garden was taking shape with a wall and metal sculpture depicting the plane and the date of the crash. Next to the bench is planted a type of Maple tree which is the symbol of the Resistance in France.
This was also, incidentally, a link with Linton as the Maple leaf building on the RAF base at Linton commemorated the Canadians who were there during the war, and in older times Linton and Newton were linked by an avenue of Field Maple trees.
It is hoped in 2012 to take a Yorkshire Rose to Montcony on behalf of Linton, to be planted in the Memorial Garden.
A group of villagers from Montcony are planning to visit Linton in 2013.