(Miami, OK) -The City of Miami G.A.R. Cemetery will host a British Flyers Remembrance ceremony Tuesday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. on the cemetery grounds.  This event is being held to pay tribute to the fifteen Royal Air Force pilots who were killed in training accidents while attending Spartan School of Aeronautics Miami B.F.T.S. #3 during the early 1940’s.  These pilots are interred in the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Cemetery.       


British Flying Training School #3 and the City of Miami share a rich history. Spartan School of Aeronautics B.F.T.S. #3 actively trained Royal Air Force and USAAF pilots from 1941-1945.  Of the 2,124 RAF cadets and 117 USAAF cadets trained at the school, 1,493 were awarded pilot’s wings.


Local veterans from the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Marine Corps League will participate in the ceremony along with The City of Tulsa Pipes and Drums who will perform a musical tribute to honor the British flyers. Spartan School of Aeronautics Damon Bowling will also be a keynote speaker.  The public is invited to attend this event.       


G.A.R. Cemetery Supervisor Kim Horn stated, “We plan to make this ceremony an annual event to pay tribute to these flyers, and also honor the relationship the citizens of Miami had with the training school.    The B.F.T.S. #3 Association conducted its final Miami reunion in the summer of 2005.  Holding an annual ceremony ensures that these flyers will continue to receive the recognition they deserve.”     


Anyone wishing to learn more about the ceremony can contact the City of Miami G.A.R. Cemetery at (918) 541-2288.  More information about the ceremony is also available at www.miamiok.org.



Amanda K. Davis


Miami OK Convention & Visitors Bureau

City of Miami Visitor Center

101 North Main Street

Miami, OK  74354

918.542.4435 (Office)

918.533.2257 (Cell)

918.542.4546 (Fax)