Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
West Lindsey
Town
Wickenby
County
Lincolnshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 06th September 1981
    Attended by: CHAPLAIN IN CHIEF ROYAL AIR FORCE
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
20370

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Current location

Entrance to Wickenby Airfield
Watery Lane
Wickenby
West Lindsey
Lincolnshire
LN3 5AX
England

OS Grid Ref: TF 10344 80985
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Raised concrete base with knapped flints laid to quarter pattern into it surmounted by a tapering column. Incised inscription on Face 1, and above the inscription is a bronze sculpture of Icarus falling to the earth. Badges of 12 and 626 Squadrons are on Faces 2 and 4 of the column.
Inscription
Face 1: ROYAL AIR FORCE/ WICKENBY/ NO 1 GROUP BOMBER COMMAND/ 1942 - 1945/ IN MEMORY OF/ ONE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY MEN/ OF 12 & 626 SQUADRONS/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES ON/ OPERATIONS FROM THIS AIRFIELD/ IN THE OFFENSIVE AGAINST GERMANY/ AND THE LIBERATION/ OF OCCUPIED EUROPE/ Per ardua ad astra/ Face 2: (12 Squadron RAF, badge) Face 4: (626 Squadron RAF, badge)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figure
    Measurements: height C 3FT
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Concrete
  • Column
    Measurements: height C 8FT, width C 2FT
    Materials: Stone - Derbyshire Gritstone
Listing information
  • Memorial to 12 Squadron and 626 Squadron of RAF Wickenby
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
1986: GRASS REMOVED FROM THE MOUND AND REPLACED BY KNAPPED FLINT; 2005: ATC Cadets cleaned the memorial in preparation for Remembrance Sunday
Costs

Site: C £3,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Air Force Memorials of Lincolnshire 3rd edition by Ingham, Mike 57 Published:Midland Publishing Limited 1990 Leicester

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