North Killingholme - Crew Of Lancaster LL811 BQ J And Their Comrades

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Reference WMO/264116


St Denys Church

Church Lane

North Killingholme


DN40 3JW


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Shield and Croix de Guerre, awarded to a crew from 550 (Bomber) Squadron for services rendered to the Allied invasion of Occupied Europe on 6th June 1944, dedicated Sunday 23rd September 1990
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On plaque "On June 6th 1944 the greatest liberating armada ever assembled left the shores of England. For Bomber Command the invasion of occupied Europe commenced the night before. At 23.34 hours Lancaster LL811. Squadron markings BQ-J was the first aircraft in the first wave to strike ahead of the main spearhead by many hours, so setting the momentous events in motion. That aircraft left from 550 Squadron, and this historic operation put North Killingholme on the map. For the brave young lads of that crew and for all their comrades who did not return we dedicate this simple plaque"

The small Squadron Badge presented to the crew carries around its supporting base the names of the crew of BQ-J as follows F.O. Bowen-Bravey (newspaper states Barvery & Air Force Memorials states Bowen); PO Zhomed G.E.; WO Cleghorn A.; WO Fyfe J.D.; Flt. Sgt. Bodill; Sgt. Thompson R.R.; and Sgt. Thompson S.G.

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