USAAF Base 345 Goxhill


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Reference WMO215513

Address:

Horsegate Field Lane

nr jct Ruards Lane

Goxhill, Lincs

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: PROPELLER BLADE FROM A P38 LIGHTNING AIRCRAFTMOUNTED ON A LOW CURVING WALL WITH A CENTRAL RAISED PLINTH BEARING PLAQUES. CENTRAL PLAQUE HAS ETCHED RELIEF OF P38 AIRCRAFT FLANKED BY 8TH AIR FORCE BADGES. BELOW ARE TWO HANDS CLASPED IN FRIENDSHIP. SEP NEAVE PLAQUE HAS A HAMMER, TROWEL, BELL, AND ANCHOR AT EACH CORNER. FIGHTING SCOUTS PLAQUE HAS THE REGIMENTAL BADE AT THE TOP CORNERS. (c IWM Archive 34840)
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(CENTRE PLAQUE)IN HONOUR OF/ THE FIGHTING SCOUTS/ OF THE 8th AIR FORCE/ WHO TRAINED AT GOXHILL AIRFIELD 1944-1945/ These bomber and fighter pilots formed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd/ Souting Forces. They led the bombers to every target from September 1944 through April 1945, through all weather,/ scouting all targets and often defending the Bomber Stream./ In memory of Robert Bennett and Charles Hess/ who gave their lives at Goxhill/ Presenting by the Scouting Force Association - 1998 (NO2 CENTRE PLAQUE) UNITED STATES/ ARMY AIR FORCE/ NO. 345 BASE GOXHILL/ FIGHTER TRAINING GROUP/ JUNE 1942 - FEBRUARY 1945/ 'GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN' (LEFT PLAQUE) THE PROPELLER BLADE ON THIS TRIBUTE/ IS FROM A P38 LOCKHEED LIGHTNING/ WHICH FLEW FROM THIS AIRBASE AND/ CRASHED ON THE 26TH MAY 1944/ IN THE PARISH OF GOXHILL/ THE PILOT 2ND LT L. A. FERRARA WAS KILLED/ IT REPRESENTS THE HIGH PRICE/ OUR COUNTRIES PAID FOR FREEDOM (RIGHT PLAQUE) THIS TRIBUTE WAS ORGANISED AND/ CONSTRUCTED BY THE RESIDENTS OF GOXHILL/ WITH THE HELP OF THEIR FRIENDS/ ON BEHALF OF THE USAAF SERVICEMEN/ WHO SERVED ON THIS AIRBASE/ IT WAS UNVEILED ON HE 9TH SEPTEMBER 1984/ BY/ MR WILLIAM F JUNCK, MR JOHN M VRABEL/ MR ALEXANDER G LAJOIE USAAF EX SERVICEMEN (NO 2 RIGHT PLAQUE) IN MEMORY OF THE 353rd FIGHTER GROUP AND SUPPORT/ UNITS WHO TRAINED ON THIS FIELD, JUNE TO AUGUST 1943,/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE LOST DURING THEIR STAY:/ (Names)/ OPERATIONAL AT METFIELD AND RAYDON/ 'WE WILL REMEMBER THEM' (REAR OF MEMORIAL ) Treasured memories/ of a dearly loved/ Husband, Dad/ and Grandad/ John Michael Vrabel/ Who passed away/ 30 April 1995/ God Bless/ John served at 345 Base Goxhill as a TEC?SGT/ with the US Air Force (PLAQUE RIGHT SIDE) IN HONOUR OF THE 78TH FIGHTER GROUP/ 82nd 83rd 84th Fighter Squadrons/ Of the 8th Air Force, USAAF/ Who trained at Goxhill Airfield. December 1942 - April 1943/ Operational at Duxford April 1943 - October 1945/ In memory of Fighter Pilots who lost their lives/ Group Commandintg Officer. Col Arman Petreson,/ May 1942 - 1st July 1943 Killed in action/ Total of 116 Lost in action/ May their memory live forever/ Presented on behalf of the 78th FG Association 1999 (PLAQUE REAR WALL) In honour of/ SEP NEAVE/ 1916 - 1998/ A lifelong Goxhill resident and craftsman/ who was commissioned by the/ Airfield Tribute Committee/ to build this memorial (c IWM Archive 34840)

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