I have just come across the detail of this post and the everlasting dedication of Tiny Claessen to attend to one of our Bomber Command graves.Sincere thanks to Tiny and her family for her dedication in caring for F/S Hiscox's grave since the war's end.
I would think here should be an account of the May 4th proceedings in the Bomber Command Association Newsletter No 60 and also a report by the RAFA.
CWGC do not have to be too concerned over the care of these isolated graves.Local people remember the sacrifice of the British nation and have shown their thanks in treating these graves as family graves as Tiny has done.
I was also impressed with the care of the RAF graves on the Ile de Noirmoutier where our fallen from air operations against German U Boat bases are buried.Each All Saints Day (November 1st), when it is a French custom to make special visits to family graves,the locals also adorn the RAF graves with flowers.Many of these graves carry ceramic plaques entitled "Regrets" placed there by the locals.
Regarding Mepal.When visiting the site and referring to the wartime layout,I concluded that there must have been a tremendous impact on the villages of Mepal,The Grove and Sutton as the airfield enveloped the villages.The road between Ely and Chatteris was closed and had a runway transversing it.This closure must have required large detours between the these two fenland towns.Additionally the Old Bedford river,running south west to north east forms a boundary to seal off Mepal.
There is a pub in Sutton which has a decent display of wartime photgraphs of No 75 (NZ) Squadron and those who served at Mepal.Worth visiting for a pint and viewing of RAF history.The airfield was recovered enough during 1959-1963 to accomodate a single RAF squadron equipped with 3 Thor missiles.
Here is a photgraph of the No 75 NZ Squadron memorial at Mepal.From the memorial, through the now removed dispersals, roughly at the intersection of two runways is now situated a 40mw straw burning power plant.Hardly now recognised as an a former airfield.