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Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:09 pm

Hi all I don't know if there is a dedicated page to this topic but on many of our old airfield there are many great memorial stones so I thought I would share this one.

ImageP7070169 by Nigel Marsh, on Flickr

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Post by sea mosquito » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:01 pm

Good post, always keep a look out for memorials on my travels.

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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:03 pm

Thanks Seamosquito it will good to see how many we can find tucked away .
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Post by NAM Updater » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:54 pm

A couple of years ago Newark Air Museum compiled a free booklet that details the aviation memorials in Nottinghamshire - nearly 10,000 copies have been distributed.

We still have around 200 copies left, but once these have gone we're not sure if it will be updated / reprinted. :(

Details about how to request a free copy can be found on this weblink http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/Notts_Aviation
Howard Heeley - Newark Air Museum Trustee
The museum is now closed due to Lockdown-Regs
http://newarkairmuseum.org

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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:43 pm

ImageNorthend memorial to some of the 8th Airforce by Nigel Marsh, on Flickr

Here is one on the village war memorial in Northend Warwickshire

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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:54 pm

Hi NAM Updater for your link I will see if I can get hold of a copy .Somewhere I have a copy of book which is about war memorials which I think is called For there Tomorrow but it is in storage so not certain about title.
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Post by NAM Updater » Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:42 pm

If you PM me an email address I'll send you a PDF version - if you prefer an printed copy let me have a postal address! :)
Howard Heeley - Newark Air Museum Trustee
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Post by mushbuster » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:03 pm

This one is at a church in South Cerney, Gloucestershire and it is for the crew of the first RAF C130 to crash which occurred at the west end of RAF Fairford in March 69. http://30squadronassociation.com/memori ... erney.html
This was one month before the first flight of Concorde 002 from Filton to Fairford.
Sadly 6 members of 30 Squadron were killed and two year old Hercules XV180 was destroyed

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Post by 1marshn30 » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:48 pm

Thanks for that mushbuster
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Post by NickC » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:55 pm

Are you looking for others to contribute to this thread? If so, excellent idea, and here's the rather smart one at Old Buckenham photographed by me in 2009:

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Post by normie » Fri Sep 02, 2016 11:50 am

There is a memorial at wellsbourne Mountford North yorkshire also near Elvington

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Post by conelrad » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:43 pm

Nice guide of airfields & memorials in East Anglia.
http://mediafiles.thedms.co.uk/Publicat ... %20Map.pdf

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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 6:08 pm

Thanks Nick c Normi and conelrad yes the more that contibute the better.I have some more to add when i get laptop back from 14 yearold son !!!
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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:49 pm

Hi all as promised here is another post this one is on the edge of my home village of Bodicote
Image310 by Nigel Marsh, on Flickr

It is signposted off Wykham lane and across the field along the footpath.

Image237 by Nigel Marsh, on Flickr

This one is at Polebrook near to the main base one is a second Image526 by Nigel Marsh, on Flickr

I will add more as I troll through the photos.Please feel free to post any that you all come across.I have found my copy of the book called For your Tomorrow by
Derek Boorman which is about WW2 Memorials . It is well worth trying to find.
Regards Nigel

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Post by 1marshn30 » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:18 pm

Image010104-3 by marshn2010, on Flickr

Sir Frank at the roundabout off the motorway in Lutterworth along with the FSM Gloster jet


Image010104-5 by marshn2010, on Flickr

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Post by Firefighter » Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:23 pm

Most of the site of the former RAF Melksham 1940 -1964, is now occupied by commercial and private housing but the RAF connection lives on in many of the roads named after aircraft, people and stations, there is a memorial stone outside the ATC hut opposite the original gymnasium. The most recent memorial is that of a lamp near the Herman Millar building commemorating a Sgt. Kelly who stood under the lamp when based there keeping a watchful eye out for returning servicemen in the evening, "Kelly's Lamp" has recently been restored and is now solar powered.

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Post by rh226 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:43 pm

Despite having lived in Melksham for the last 15 years and Bowerhill for 6+ years before that, I never knew about the lamp.

The pub in Bowerhill is called "The Pilot", but that is its third name. Its original name was "The Harrier" and it had a superb sign showing a Harrier blasting up from the pub. I'm not certain about the truth of this, but the story goes that, for the opening of the pub, a 1 Sqdn Harrier made a (very unofficial) diversion from a training exercise and landed in the car park!!!!

Just across the road from the pub can be found an information "pillar and plate" with a picture of Neville Duke's famous red Hunter F.3 WB188 flying over RAF Melksham in its heyday. A print of this picture hangs in the Snowberry Lane doctor's surgery. The real WB188, of course, was the gate guard at Melksham for a number of years (it is now at Tangmere).

Riverside Garage/MOT Centre (just down the B3107 Bradford-on-Avon road off the A350 roundabout past Countrywide) has Hunter GA.11 XF300 outside - it is painted up as WB188 but with some irrelevant nose art (see 3rd post in viewtopic.php?f=127&t=126808).
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Post by Firefighter » Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:59 pm

Apparently the Harrier only did a fly by and then billed the then pub owners as it had to deviate from its routing.

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Post by MRTT » Thu Sep 08, 2016 4:42 pm

Very interesting information, didn't know about any of that! :thumb:

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by pawlee1 » Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:04 pm

Hi guys, here's a Memorial Plaque at Thruxton Airfield in Hampshire.

http://s37.photobucket.com/user/airfiel ... 4.jpg.html

About a raid on radar site at Bruneval near Le Havre.

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