Royal Navy airwoman Jenny Lewis who died in Lynx helicopter crash off coast of Virginia has train named in her honour at Swanage

Bournemouth Echo: TRAIN: Locomotive named after Lt Jenny Lewis at official ceremony TRAIN: Locomotive named after Lt Jenny Lewis at official ceremony

A CEREMONY in memory of a Royal Navy airwoman who died in a helicopter crash 12 years ago has taken place at Swanage railway station.

Jenny Lewis, from the Isle of Wight, was killed in June 2002 after the Lynx helicopter she was serving in as an observer crashed into the sea off the coast of Virginia, USA, during a joint British and US military training exercise.

The 25-year-old, who was a railway enthusiast, became the first UK naval servicewoman to lose her life on operational duty.

At Thursday’s tribute, a renovated diesel locomotive was named in her honour.

Jenny’s father, Chris Lewis, became a major shareholder in the project to overhaul the 73-tonne locomotive to mainline standards after his daughter’s death. During the official naming ceremony, senior officers from the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm were in attendance. Poignantly, there was also a flypast by a Lynx helicopter.

Swanage Railway general manager Richard Jones said: “The Swanage Railway was delighted to host this very special and poignant naming ceremony at Swanage station.

“No. D6515 is a marvellous and lasting memorial to Jenny, who was a lifelong railway enthusiast and an ardent fan of the Class 33 diesel- electric locomotives.

“The ‘Lt Jenny Lewis RN’ nameplates on each side of the locomotive will not only be seen by passengers on the Swanage Railway but also around the country, as No. D6515 has been overhauled to mainline standards and is available for hire to haul trains on the national railway network.”

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2:43pm Mon 16 Jun 14

coster says...

A fine memorial, but am I wrong in remembering the numbers of ATS, WRNS and WAAF who were killed on operational service?. RIP to them all.
A fine memorial, but am I wrong in remembering the numbers of ATS, WRNS and WAAF who were killed on operational service?. RIP to them all. coster
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6:12am Tue 17 Jun 14

Phixer says...

coster wrote:
A fine memorial, but am I wrong in remembering the numbers of ATS, WRNS and WAAF who were killed on operational service?. RIP to them all.
No you are not wrong and most of those who gave their life for Queen and Country will have been forgotten.
[quote][p][bold]coster[/bold] wrote: A fine memorial, but am I wrong in remembering the numbers of ATS, WRNS and WAAF who were killed on operational service?. RIP to them all.[/p][/quote]No you are not wrong and most of those who gave their life for Queen and Country will have been forgotten. Phixer
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