1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade and also remembering those in the Tinwell disaster.

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Easton on the Hill



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other monument
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Replacement for the one destroyed by a falling tree in October 2021. This new one is closer to the High Street and includes a three sided wall. It is still a pyramid shape with a plaque at the front and three badges on the other faces.
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Surge Polonia. This memorial was built to commemorate the Polish Paratroopers of the 1st Battalion and the Airborne Signals Company of the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade who were stationed here in Easton on the Hill from 1944 to 1945. They left here on the 21st and 23rd September 1944 to fly from RAF Saltby and Spanhoe to be dropped into Driel and Grave to fight in the Battle of Arnhem. We also remember the 26 Polish Paratroopers killed near Tinwell on the 8thJuly 1944 when two US Douglas C47 Skytrain (Dakota) aircraft collided during a training exercise. Although from the 2nd Battalion who were based in Wansford they were known by many comrades here.

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