Memorial to Sgt R.H. CREDLAND RAFVR, MIA 28/01/43

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Reference WMO/261273


St Andrew's Church

Church Street


NG34 0QG


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Font or Font Cover
  • Timber Oak
About the memorial: The Credland Font Cover is at the church of St Andrew, Billingborough. It is made of dark oak, and is 8 sided at it's base (each panel having a decorative edging at it's lower point)tapering inward sharply to an 8 sided flat shelf which protrudes slightly over the sides below, on top of this is a small 8 sided plinth upon which stands an angel in the same material. The angel is winged, the wings being folded, large and extended above the figures head, and the figure has it's head bowed and hands together in an attitude of standing prayer. Lettering is carved, and uncoloured and is on one panel of the tapering section. Dimensions - each of the flat panels making up the 8 sided base is 0.26m at the bottom tapering to 0.06m at the top, the plinth is 0.1m high while the figure is 0.3m in height and the wings extend this to a total height of 0.46m. Sgt R.Credland was the Wireless Operator on 20 OTU Wellington HF858 that had departed Lossiemouth for a routine night Cross-Country NAVEX It is believed the aircraft ditched in the Moray Firth at approx 2145. An empty dinghy was later found The five crew have no known grave and are therefore commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey
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To the / glory of God / and in / loving memory of / Sergeant Ralph H Credland / R.A.F., V.R / who gave his life / that we might live / 28th January 1942 / Presented by his parents / RIP

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