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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:57 am

Hi all here is a memorial window in Sibford Gower Church to F/O Hugh Oddie .He was the pilot of 78Sqn Halifax EY-S shot down on 26/6/43 Over Bergen Holland . The rest of his crew became P.O.W s

ImageF/O M.H Oddie lost on ops 26/6/43 Pilot 78Sqn Halifax JB928 EY-S Sibford Gower Church by marshn2010, on Flickr

Also buried in the churchyard from the Great war

ImageAirMech2 Barton Sibford Gower Church by marshn2010, on Flickr

Not forgotten 101years on almost to the day

Ni

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:49 pm

Hi all
Folloing an enjoyable tour round Upper Heyford with Knife 04 and others I thought I would start posting the HAS shelter names that I got from last Sunday and the previous visit .
Apperently one had HAS was named Sir Douglas Bader but some kind soul had nicked it !!!
I dont know if other bases have named HAS .
Thanks again Darren for a great day out.
Ni

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:35 pm

Hi all found on a wall opposite the War Memorial in the village of Aldsworth Glos on my way home from RIAT

ImageHurricane II c Z3776 LK-R 87Sqn Crash Memorial Aldsworth Glos by marshn2010, on Flickr

87Sqn were based at The Nearby RAF Bibury and the pilot is also remembered on a plaque in the Stoke on Trent museum and at the cities Crematurium

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

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Post by Sid-104 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:12 pm

A couple of memorials in my local area in West Norfolk. One stands on the site of the former wartime airfield, RAF Downham Market (also known as Bexwell aerodrome by locals). Two VCs were awarded to pilots based there,the small plaque near Bexwell church remembers their sacrifice.
Three miles away in the village I grew up in, a memorial honours flyers who crashed in Hilgay parish during WW2. My father,13 at the time, remembered hearing the B-17 break up above the clouds after getting caught in wake turbulence and seeing four crewmen parachuting to safety.
Tragically, the end of the war didn't mean the end to airmen lost at Hilgay. On the 9th August 1974, like my Father, as a 13 year old boy I witnessed an RAF Phantom colliding with a Pawnee crop sprayer a mile from the village at 300ft, close enough to feel the heat from the explosion. Sadly,Coningsby's station commander who piloted the Phantom,his navigator and the 24 year old New Zealander Pawnee pilot, who was returning to Bexwell aerodrome, all perished.

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:08 pm

Hi Andrew
Thanks for posting those sorry I haven’t replied sooner also glad to stuff from different parts of the country
Nigel

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by Sid-104 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:20 am

No worries Nigel. Glad they are of interest.

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by Condor68 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:58 pm

Saw a good on the site of RAF Lisset near Driffield. Cant get a picture posted will keep trying.Its now a wind farm but they give all credit to the Halifax crews that served and were lost.Its different from most but quite impressive..Good pictures on line

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Post by 1marshn30 » Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:51 pm

Hi Keith
I have seen the pictures which are very impressive and think they are part of a sculpture park
Thanks for looking
Nigel

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Post by Condor68 » Sat Dec 12, 2020 10:23 am

Hi Nigel
They are on the westrn edge of what was RAF Lisset on Gransmoor road Lisset..Still cant get pics to post but have another few suggestions.There is a nice one for Polish airmen killed in a crash on the canal path of the leeds liverpool canal near Bradley(between Skipton and Keighley. Another for airman who crashed on a training flight is beside the war memoril in Braemar. it consists of recovered parts.The last on I can recollect at the moment is to those killed in a raid on RAF Driffield and is in a park in the town along with small memorials to other services. Hopefully by the time I remember any more I will get this working.

Keith

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by Condor68 » Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:41 am

Dont know how I forgot this one its only 5 miles from here. In a field at Gask farm just outside the village of Letham in Angus is a memorial to a young Swordfish crew who crashed on a training mission during the war.They were flying from nearby HMS Condor(RNAS Arbroath)Dont know how I forgot it as I was one of the British Legion members at the dedication a couple years ago.Proper turnout Flags and everything in a rutted field in winter.We were given a brief account of what happened by the farmer who it turned out saw it happen when he was a child.

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Post by Condor68 » Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:30 pm

There is a memorial that even the marines didnt know about. It is in a wood on Barry Buddon range and is for the marines lost in the Falklands.It is a circle of trees about 20ft radius with a plaque with each tree having a plaque at the base bearing the name of a lost marine.In the centre is a pedestal with an explanatory plaque.Outside the fence is a large black slab bearing the names of 45 commando in all conflicts.Surprisingly it was found that the marines had their own at Condor and with admin changeovers etc it appeared this had slipped through the net and was being looked after by range staff.RM put the stone there and it now gets the respect it deserves .Thought it might be included as they use aircraft for their para drops and things we dont get told about.

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:17 pm

Thanks Condor68 they all count in my book
Keep up the good work
Best wishes Nigel

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 100arw » Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:24 pm

1marshn30 wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:51 pm
Hi Keith
I have seen the pictures which are very impressive and think they are part of a sculpture park
Thanks for looking
Nigel
Nigel,
They are part of the 158 Squadron memorial.
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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:36 pm

Thanks for the link 100arw
Ni

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by Condor68 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:47 am

In the car park at Easthaven just outside Carnoustie there is now a memorial to the Airedale terrriers who were used during the Wars.It is a very large and impressive piece of stone but the design is beyond me.The soldiers depicted and their weapons look like they came from Trumpton and the dogs look more like rats.However the thought is there and I suppose beauty is in the eye of the people who commissioned it.

Must be getting old

Keith

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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by bizfreeq » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:29 pm

For those wishing to see the Airedale terrriers memorial

https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/263888
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Re: Airfield/village Memorials

Post by 1marshn30 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:56 pm

Thanks for the info on the Airedale and Irish terrier memorial as I had I had a Airedale cross a much missed companion a true character who could sniff out a Spag bol from a 100 yards
Best wishes to you in these strange times
Nigel

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