Flight of Peace (94th Bombardment Group)

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Reference WMO/281863

Address:

Lady Miriam Way junction with Mount Road

Bury St Edmunds

IP32 7QA

England

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other sculpture
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Metal (any)
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: US Armed Forces: A brick built plinth with a a steel structure with cutting of letter "A" (the tail letter of the Flying Fortreses) supporting a sculpture of a dove in flight. An explanatory plaque is nearby. Stands in a roundabout at cross roads. Situated on a roundabout overlooking the former WW2 airbase known officially as RAF Bury St Edmunds, but locally as Rougham Airfield, and carried the USAAF designation of Station 468(BU). The sculpture is on a landscape of a US 5 pointed star originally planted with grass and white flowers surrounded with blue slate. The sculpture represents the 'A' tail insignia carried by USAAF aircraft based there. A 'Dove of Peace' emerges from the top of the 'A'.
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FLIGHT OF PEACE/THE SCULPTURE ON THIS ROUNDABOUT IS A SYMBOLIC REMEMBERANCE OF THE AMERICAN/SERVICEMEN BASED AT ROUGHAM AIRFIELD DURING WORLD WAR II WHO, BY PREPARING,/MAINTAINING AND FLYING B17 FLYING FORTRESS BOMBERS ON 325 MISSIONS BETWEEN/JUNE 1943 AND APRIL 1945, CONTRIBUTED TO LASTING PEACE IN EUROPE. THE ROUGHAM/AIRCRAFT WERE PART OF THE 94TH BOMBARDMENT GROUP OF THE US 8TH AIR FORCE AND/WERE UNIQUELY IDENTIFIED WITH THE LETTER 'A' IN A SQUARE BACKGROUND ON THE TAIL FIN./ BURY ST EDMUNDS TOWN COUNCIL IN PARTNERSHIP THE BURY IN BLOOM/AND WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM TAYLOR WIMPEY/DESIGNED BY: ROY PROCTOR FABRICATED BY:NIGEL KAINES, DESIGNS ON METAL SEPTEMBER 2016

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