Skipwith Common and Riccall RAF base

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Reference WMO259006

Address:

Skipwith Common Nature Reserve

Common Lane

Skipwith

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other monument
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Other Concrete
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Painted
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The memorial is a 3 bladed propeller salvaged from a crashed aircraft, mounted on a plinth. There is a concrete block in front which has the dedication below a picture of a Halifax aircraft. To the right is a small sandstone block on which is carved "RAF RICCALL HOME OF HCU 1658" .Two Halifax conversion units moved to Riccall in the September of 1942 in October they merged to form 1658 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU). The memorial is in a field at the south end of the former bomb stores on Skipwith Common.
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IN MEMORY of the men and women of the Armed Services who were stationed on Skipwith Common and Riccall RAF base during WWII. Also, of those who built the aerodrome,helping to shape the landscape, access and wildlihe of the site we enjoy today. This memorial was dedicated by the Chaplain of the YORKSHIRE AIR FORCE MUSEUM & ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL on 14TH MAY 2010 as part of hte National Nature Reserve declaraion celebrations. The propeller was kindly donated to Escrick Park Estate and Natural England by the Yorkshie Air Museum. HONOUR THESE PEOPLE AND THIS PLACE.

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