Bits and Pieces
Drive Launched for RCAF Memorial in England
A mockup of the proposed RCAF memorial in England
Aircrew and groundcrew of No. 428 (Ghost) Squadron, RCAF, with Avro Lancaster B.X aircraft KB760 NA:P "P-Peter," which flew the squadron’s 2,000th sortie, a raid on Bremen, Germany
Two active Royal Air Force bases in England that hosted Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons in World War II are behind a drive to build a memorial to RCAF members. RAF bases Linton-on-Ouse and Leeming are leading the drive to raise C$53,000 to construct a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, by July 2011.
Linton-on-Ouse and Leeming were part of a network of 11 RAF airfields during WWII where No. 6 RCAF Bomber Group aircraft were based . RCAF bomber squadrons flew Vickers Wellington, Handley-Page Halifax, Short Stirling, and Avro Lancaster bombers. While the 14 squadrons of the RCAF were under strategic direction of the British RAF, the RCAF insisted on their own command structure . No. 6 Group flew 40,822 operational sorties. A total of 814 crews and approximately 5,700 airmen didn’t return from operations, and 4,203 airmen lost their lives.
The memorial will be in the form of a stone monolith, topped by a Canadian maple leaf. The leaf will cast a shadow over one of 13 stone slabs representing the provinces and territories of Canada on the 11th of November each year which is Armistice Day.
Contact Flt. Lt. David Williams for information on how to contribute.