To mark the end of offensive operations in Afghanistan three pilots from RAF Brize Norton will run 448 miles, a mile for each member of British service personnel killed during the conflict. They will run over 17 marathons in 17 days!
Flt Lts Rob Platt, Tom Mountney and Graeme Hunt (pictured above left to right) are Royal Air Force C130J Hercules pilots and have carried many casualties in both Iraq & Afghanistan as well as completing the first part of the repatriation process. As combat operations come to a close they felt that they should commemorate the sacrifice made by so many of their comrades. Although they can't help the troops who have paid the highest price for our freedown, they can help the ones who have been injured fighting for the safety of our country and will be raising funds for Help for Heroes and a number of other military charities. They will also be fundraising for the JTYAF.
On the 14th April, the team left RAF Brize Norton following a route around the south and west of England stopping at military establishments along the way and key towns. Ferndown, John's home town is one of them.
Team 444 will pass through Ferndown today (23.04.14) between 1-2pm and the JTYAF will be out in force at the British Legion in Church Road, Ferndown. Please come and join us as we pay tribute to these three outstanding men and also the 448 British service personnel killed in Afganistan. We'll have a marquee so you wont miss us.
Picture above courtesy of the MOD