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Honoring History Through Film: Wax Digital’s Collaboration with Northumberland Woodland Burial & Crematorium

A Tribute to Heroes Past

At Wax Digital, we had the profound honor of producing a short film for Laura and Scott at Northumberland Woodland Burial & Crematorium. This poignant film tells the story of their Mk. 1a R6762 Spitfire, a meticulously crafted replica of the Spitfire flown by Sergeant Kai Arthur Knagenhjelm, which tragically crashed 80 years ago.

Capturing a Day of Remembrance

Our team set out to capture the essence of the Spitfire and the deeply moving ceremony featuring the Durham Northumberland Wing RAF Cadets. The event marked the installation of the Spitfire on its original tie-down, a significant part of the historic RAF Eshott’s land. Filming alongside ITV news, we aimed to document the key moments of the day, ensuring the solemnity and historical significance were conveyed with respect and clarity.

The Ceremony and Its Significance

The ceremony was more than just an unveiling; it was a commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Eshott air collision. This tragic event resulted in the deaths of Norwegian Spitfire pilot, Sergeant Knagenhjelm, and American Thunderbolt pilot, First Lieutenant Anthony L. Serapiglia. The film captures the spirit of remembrance, honoring these brave pilots who gave their lives during World War II.

A Collaborative Effort
Working with Scott and Laura was an absolute joy for our team. Their passion for preserving history and creating a space for reflection and remembrance was truly inspiring. This project was not just about documenting a historical artifact but about creating a narrative that connects the past with the present.
Remembering Sergeant Knagenhjelm

Sergeant Knagenhjelm’s remains were initially taken to Honour Oak in London for cremation before being repatriated to Oslo, Norway. Born on October 24, 1924, Kai Knagenhjelm and his family had relocated to New York to escape Nazi occupation. He was educated in New York and attended Harvard University for a semester before joining the Royal Norwegian Air Force. At the time of his passing, he was just 19 years old.

A Memorial of Honor

The replica Spitfire serves as a poignant memorial, honoring those who lost their lives during the Eshott air collision and marking a significant moment in northeastern aviation history. It stands as a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of young pilots like Sergeant Knagenhjelm, ensuring their stories are not forgotten.

Conclusion

At Wax Digital, we are incredibly proud to have been part of this meaningful video production. It was an enriching experience to work with Northumberland Woodland Burial & Crematorium, creating a film that not only documents history but also celebrates the legacy of those who served. We invite you to visit and reflect on the stories of courage and sacrifice that this beautiful site commemorates.
Northumberland Woodland Burial & Crematorium – We honor by remembering.

“Wax Digital have provided us with a fantastic video to highlight our services delivered with great passion and detail for the brief given. Stephen’s work was carried out with upmost professionalism throughout the process even with our demanding requirements.

We highly recommend Wax Digital.

Northumbrian Woodland Burials and Crematorium”

 

5/5

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