Leconfield 1937 onwards

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Reference WMO/279738


A frame, Hanger 4

Normandy Barracks


HU17 7LX


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • 20th Century Wars
  • 21st Century Wars
About the memorial: When Hangar 4, previously used by ‘E’ Flight 202 Squadron at Leconfield was demolished, some visible damage in the form of several bullet holes were discovered in one of the A frames by the hangar doors. Upon further investigation and a lot of help from the Air Historical Branch it was determined that the damage probably occurred on one of numerous German raids in the summer and autumn of 1940. An extract written by Squadron Leader HAC Atkinson from the Operations Record Book of SHQ Leconfield, dated 27 October 1940 reads, "2 Heinkel 111 aircraft carried out a low level attack on the aerodrome, having come in very low over the coast. Aerodrome was machine gunned and bombed from approximately 50 feet. In all about 37 bombs were dropped, two between numbers 4 and 5 hangars and one direct hit on the bulk petrol installation. One Polish airman received chest wounds from machine gun fire from which he subsequently died in Beverley Base Hospital." In tribute to everyone who has served at Leconfield over the last 70 years, who have given so much in service to their country it was decided to retain the A frame and turn it into a memorial. The memorial silhouettes depict some of the key aircraft which have operated from the site over the years; Whitley, Spitfire, Halifax, Wellington, Lightning and Hunter. Each silhouette was laser cut from the original blast doors of the hangar by MGB Services. The memorial dedication was held on Wednesday 5th September 2007.
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