386th Bomb Group Chapel

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Reference WMO/264157

Address:

St Mary's Church

Park Road

Little Easton

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Chapel/church
Materials:
  • Glass Stained Glass
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Very elaborate chapel containing two stained glass windows, two angled plaques explaining the iconography of the windows, two panels of names, a dedication plaque, and a painting of a b-26 Marauder aircraft. Also five kneelers depicting badges as below. Windows depict: the window of the Crusaders - central figure of Christ. Above in the tracery are banner of victory; Eight Air Force badge; Distinguished Service Cross; blunted sword and victors wreath; 9th Air Force badge. Left lancet: airmen in front of B-26 preparing for a mission; B-26 group under AA attack in "missing man" formation. Lower centre (below Christ): ground crews and ambulance, runways and control tower. Right lancet: airman with two spectral crusaders behind him; four marauders in flight escorted by spitfire and P-47 thunderbolt. The window of friendship and peace: left lancet - american airman and RAF flying officer in conversation. Right lancet: American airmen with local villagers. Background shows Easton Lodge (airfield site) and US/UK flags. Tracery depicts dove with olive branch (left); eagle in flight (right) purple heart and european victory medal. Lower left: two hands clasped in friendship, and an oak tree. Kneelers depict the squadrons of the 386th bg: 552nd, 553rd, 554th, 555th, and the badge of the 9th Air Force.
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THE AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES APPEAR HERE MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE SERVING WITH THE "CRUSADERS" OF THE 386TH BOMB GROUP DURING WORLD WAR II. WE WHO KNEW THEM WILL REMEMBER THEM AND LET ALL WHO LOVE FREEDOM HONOUR THEM. 386TH BOMB GROUP ASSOCIATION OCTOBER 1990 2 NAME PANELS/ THE WINDOW OF THE CRUSADERS/ (DETAILS) THE WINDOW OF FRIENDSHIP AND PEACE/ (DETAILS)

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