613 (City of Manchester) Squadron Disbandment

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Reference WMO216652

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Terminal 3 Prayer Room

Manchester Airport

Manchester

M90 1QX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Framed
Materials:
  • Paper Paper
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Framed ceremonial copy of a City of Manchester Council resolution on the occasion of the disbandment of the 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force in 1957.
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At a meeting of the Council of the City held on the 6th day of February 1957 it was resolved unanimously that this Council desire to place on record their warm appreciation of the services rendered by the 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force. The Council recall that the Squadron was formed during the early months of 1939 and was ceremonially inaugurated by the Lord Mayor of Manchester on the 11th May of that year. Twelve months later the Squadron went into action against the enemy and from that time onwards was engaged in battle on many occasions. The Council recall in particular that in April 1944 the Squadron took part in the famous raid on the Gestapo Headquarters at The Hague and that on June 6th 1944, when the Allied invasion of Normandy began, the Squadron flew seventeen operations by night and twenty-six operations by day. Thenceforward the Squadron flew across the English Channel by night and by day, at every opportunity, attacking and destroying enemy targets and giving support to the Allied armies as they advanced into enemy territory. When the enemy withdrew across the Rhine the patrols of the Squadron extended as far as Berlin itself, and their operations continued with increasing pressure until the enemy surrendered in 1945. The Squadron was reconstituted at the end of 1946 as a Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron at Manchester Airport and the members have continued to give voluntary service, but the Squadron, it is now learnt, is to be disbanded on the 10th March 1957. This is an honourable record of service to the Nation performed during difficult and dangerous years and it is a record that was not achieved without courage, endurance and sacrifice. On the occasion of the formal disbandment of the Squadron it is, in the opinion of this Council, altogether fitting and proper that we should pass this resolution as a permanent memorial to our gratitude and pride and that we should, when the Squadron marches for the last time through the streets of the City invite it to march with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

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