299 Squadron RAF Memorial

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Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

National Memorial Arboretum

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Composite
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: 299 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Operations Flights - "Y" Worry. WW2. Remarkably these lads PO Bert Horan, WO Jack Fry, WO Basil Jaggard, WO Reg Lowmanbaker, WO Maurice Davis, WO Gus Tyers survived the war as well as their hazardous missions. This memorial was contributed by WO Maurice Davis in 2006. 299 Motto 'Par Nobile Fratrum' A noble group of brothers symbolising the close association with the Army Airborne Forces. Behind the memorial is a Red Oak Tree which was grown from an acorn found in Oosterbeek Cemetery! The memorial stone is surrounded by mature lavender.
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No. 299 Squadron was formed on 4 November 1943 form 'C' flight of 297 Squadron at RAF Stoney Cross, Hampshire as a special operations squadron flying Short Stirling's Mark IV. Their Call Sign was "X9-Y" ( Y Worry). It became operational in April 1944 dropping SOE agents. During the Normandy landings the squadron first delivered paratroopers, and then returned to air-tow 16 Airspeed Horsa gliders across the English Channel. The squadron continued operations with re-supply drops until 10 June when it returned to SOE duties. In between the SOE duties the squadron air-towed Horsa gliders for the Arnhem landings (Operation Market Garden), and the Rhine crossing (Operation Varsity). It was also involved in supply-dropping to resistance forces in Norway until the end of the war. At the end of the Second World War the squadron disbanded at RAF Shepherds Grove, Suffolk on 15 February 1946. It had no RAF Crest as a means of preserving its secrecy.

PO Bert Horan, WO Jack Fry, WO Basil Jaggard, WO Reg Lowmanbaker, WO Maurice Davis, WO Gus Tyers.

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