United States Skylighters- Replacement


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Reference WMO/281325

Address:

The Searchlight Building

South Beach Promenade

Blyth

NE24 3EU

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: US Armed Forces: Rough hewn stone of remembrance with attached silver metal plaque. The dedication is inscribed on to the plaque. This is a replacement for an earlier (2003) plaque- WMO/281324. Restored and relocated to the current site in 2019. This is a replacement for an earlier plaque-WMO/281324
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This plaque is to commemorate/ the Skylighters Searchlight site TT114/ (also known as "Link House" Farm, Blyth)/ It is dedicated to the 827 men and officers of/ the 225th Anti-aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion/ of the US Army who were deployed over Blyth and Tyneside in March 1944 in the/ Defence of Great Britain under operational control of the 30th British AAA Brigade.//"Whilst in Blyth we sharpened our skills in high altitude tracking of aircraft and our/stay in this part of England was marked by a gracious acceptance by the local/population which helped us in our mission to gain the knowledge we needed.//The Battalion left Blyth in May 1944 and landed on Omaha Beach in June of that year as part of the invasion of Europe and the defence of Normandy.//We will always be grateful for the help given to us by the local population."

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