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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
East Northamptonshire
Town
Polebrook, Peterborough
County
Northamptonshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Richard Morris of the Morris Granite and Marble Company of Denbigh, Wales. (Stone Carver)
351st Bomb Group Association (UK Branch) and the Welsh Historical Society. (Landscaper or Paviour)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 18 June 1981
    Attended by: Charles Fouzie
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
14921
Current location

Heading from Polebrook to Lutton
after approximately 3.5 kms turn right where sign-posted. After approximately 1 km
the gateway to the memorial park is on the right.
Memorial Park
Hemington Lodge Road
off Lutton Road,
Polebrook
Peterborough
East Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
PE8 5LY
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 10000 86793
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
The subtle yet impressive memorial stands at the west end of a large concrete area that is surrounded by some of the 351 poplar trees that were planted to reflect the fact that Station 110 Polebrook was the base of 351st Bombardment Group. At the west end of the concrete area, set in the centre of a gravelled square that is bordered by low concrete pillars, the main memorial is a rectangular plinth, surmounted by a triangular stone. Both west and east faces bear etched inscriptions and emblems that, in dry conditions, appear white against the dark stone. A smaller tablet, bearing a map of the former airfield, is set into the ground a few yards to the east of the main memorial. At each corner of the gravelled square is a small tablet, commemorating the four successive Commanding Officers of 351st Bombardment Group (Heavy) from 24/11/1942 to 28/8/1945 . Granite benches, bearing inscriptions to two Commanding Officers, are set outside the gravelled square, either side of the memorial. A glazed cabinet containing a visitors' book stands nearby. The east face of the triangle section of the main memorial bears the emblem of the 8th United States Army Air Force above the dedicatory inscription, which is followed by the 351st Bombardment Group emblem flanked by the emblems of the 508th, 509th, 510th and 511th Squadrons that served at Polebrook. The plinth beneath bears a depiction of a B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft that has the "Triangle J" tail-mark. It is flanked by the dates 1943 and 1945 The west face of the triangular section is etched with a large letter J. The face of the plinth on which it sits bears the inscription relating to the memorial's unveiling. The smaller tablet, set a few yards to the east of the main memorial, is engraved with a map of the former airfield and its runways. An engraved Stars and Stripes heads the incised lettering that describes the placement of the main memorial as being at the end of the former main runway.
Inscription
Main memorial, east face : IN MEMORY OF / THE / 351ST BOMBARDMENT / GROUP (HEAVY). / EIGHTH UNITED STATES ARMY / AIR FORCE ./ 311 GROUP COMBAT BOMBING MISSIONS / WERE FLOWN FROM THIS AIRFIELD OVER / OCCUPIED EUROPE BETWEEN 1943-1945. / 175 B-17 FLYING FORTRESSES AND THEIR / CREWS WERE LOST. 303 ENEMY AIRCRAFT / WERE DESTROYED IN AERIAL COMBAT / 1943 1945 Main memorial, west face: J / THE 351ST BOMBARDMENT GROUP (H) REUNION ASSOCIATION/ GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE GENEROUS DONATION OF/ THE LAND FOR THIS MEMORIAL BY THE LANE FAMILY/ OF ASHTON WOLD HOUSE, ASHTON./ DEDICATED JUNE 18TH 1981. Map tablet : USAAF STATION 110 / POLEBROOK / THIS MONUMENT AND PLAQUE / STAND ON A SECTION OF THE / ORIGINAL MAIN RUNWAY WHICH / EXTENDED 260 (degrees) WEST FROM / THIS POINT South-east corner tablet: COL. WILLIAM A. HATCHER Jr./ C.O. 351ST BG (H)/ NOV. 24 1942- DEC. 31 1943 North-east corner tablet: COL. EUGENE A. ROMIG/ C.O. 351ST BG (H)/ JAN. 3 1944- OCT. 12 1944 North-west corner tablet: COL. ROBERT W. BURNS/ C.O. 351ST BG (H)/ OCT. 12 1944-MAR. 30 1945 South-west corner tablet: COL. MERLIN I. CARTER/ C.O. 351ST BG (H)/ MAR. 30 1945- AUG. 28 1945 South bench: IN MEMORY OF LT.GEN JAMES T. STEWART, 1921-1990, USAF COMMANDING OFFICER OF 508TH SQ. 351ST BOMB GROUP/ WHO FLEW 60 COMBAT MISSIONS AGAINST THE ENEMY FROM THIS AIRFIELD 1943-1945 North bench: IN HONOUR OF MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT W. BURNS- COMMANDING OFFICER/ 351ST BOMB GROUP (H)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 5
    Served and returned: 5
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Rank first and surname, dates served as Commanding Officer of Polebrook.
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Second World War memorial
    Measurements: depth 240mm, height 1220mm, width 1200mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Plinth
    Measurements: depth 920mm, height 400mm, width 1670mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Seat
    Measurements: depth 300mm, height 500mm, width 1380mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 460mm, height 40mm, width 460mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
  • Tablet
    Measurements: depth 430mm, height 140mm, width 730mm
    Materials: Granite - Black
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: 999 peppercorns
Comments: The memorial stands on four acres of land that was granted by the Honourable Mrs Miriam Rothschild Lane of Ashton Wold on a 999 year lease, in return for the token payment of 999 peppercorns. (In 1991 a framed parchment, signed by the Presidents of both the American National Flag Association and the 351st Bomb Group Association, was presented to her in tribute to her generosity; the parchment tribute was framed by 999 peppercorns, as the symbolic payment for the lease). The main memorial was formed from a seven-ton block of African black granite.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private
Details: The 351st Bomb Group Association
Reference
  • 8TH AIR FORCE remembered, by George H. Fox. Published in 1991 by ISO Publications of Westminster Bridge Road, London. (Source: Image Library IWM; Shelf mark 26 (=73):18 [8 Air Force]/5). Page 100-101. The 351st Bomb Group in WWII: The Duty to Remember, by Peter Harris & Ken Harbour, published by Byron Kennedy and Company 1980; ASIN B009HJR89Q. (Revised edition, published in 2008 by Cross Roads; ISBN-10 0967500370).

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