Tribute to Mynarski Memorial Campaigner


The Manager of Durham Tees Valley Airport has paid tribute to a woman who for many years campaigned to highlight the role the airfield played in the Second World War and in particular the bravery of Canadian airman Andrew Mynarski.VC.

Mrs Betty Amlin, who has died at the age of 90, played a leading role in the Middleton St George Memorial Association for many years and began the campaign to raise the funds for the impressive statue of Andrew Mynarski which stands outside the Airport’s St George Hotel.

Mrs Amlin’s late husband Jimmy served with Andrew Mynarski who was posthumously awarded the VC after he died trying to rescue a colleague from a burning Lancaster bomber which was shot down over France whilst on an operation from Middleton St George.

Said Airport Manager Shaun Woods “Betty played a huge role in keeping alive the memories of the airfield’s role in defending Britain during the war—and the heroism of the air crews who flew from here.

“She was widely respected for her commitment and enthusiasm and it was wonderful that she was able to join in the celebrations when the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster visited the airport last summer.”

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