RAF Coastal Command 18 Group

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Reference WMO/272628

Address:

Sullom Voe

The exact location is not clear from any source, so the pin location is approximate, but Scatsa airport (closed June 2020) is the former airfield

Sullom Voe, Shetland

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Plaque set on a cairn facing the waters of Sullom Voe. Plaque has coloured picture of map of the area with a Sunderland and Catalina flying boats. Airforce badges of those who served in line across the plaque. Set in a wooden frame.
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ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION/ SULLOM VOE/ From these waters of Sullom Voe, Norwegian, Canadian and other Allied Aircrew/ left to fly their missions in Catalina and Sunderland Flying Boats of R A F Coastal/ Command (18 Group) during the period 1939-1945./ Sadly, and with deep regret, some did not return to these friendly waters./ This Memorial is dedicated to their memory and is in recognition of their supreme sacrifice./ The memorial also remembers all of the other Aircrew, Ground and Marine Support Personnel who also served at this station during the Second World War./ Throughout the Station's history, many hundreds of missions were flown to the limits of endurance by Aircrews and their Catalina and Sunderland Flying boats. Routine/ anti-submarine patrols were part of every-day Operations as "Constant Endeavours" were made to search, find and destroy enemy U-boats. Some Operations were/ designated "Special Missions" and involved flying deep into occupied Norway, North to Spitzbergen, Russia and the Arctic Circle. At war's end R A F Sullom Voe could/ record with pride the Award of a Victoria Cross and many other Decorations to it's (sic) Aircrews for acts of outstanding bravery./ "THEY SERVED AND FOUGHT AND DIED SO THAT WE MIGHT BE SAFE AND FREE."/ "DE KJEMPET OG DODE OG VANT, SA VI KAN LEVE TRYGT OG FRITT."

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