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Memorial details

Memorial type
Other memorial
District
East Lindsey
Town
Woodhall Spa
County
Lincolnshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 17th May 1987
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
20485
Current location

Junction of B1191 and B1192. Previous site of the Royal Hotel.
Royal Gardens
Woodhall Spa
East Lindsey
Lincolnshire
LN10 6QL
England

OS Grid Ref: TF 193 631
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Wall in the form of a breached dam, with 617 Squadron crest and dedication inscribed on the central sloping tablet, which forms the breach. Flanking this the wall represents the remaining dam, with three recesses each side forming the spillways. The names are inscribed on slate tablets, mounted inside the spillways.
Inscription
Wall, top: THEY DIED FOR/ YOUR FREEDOM Wall, left side: THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES THE SACRIFICE OF/ 204 AIRCREW OF 617 'DAM BUSTER' SQUADRON RAF/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945/ ERECTED BY THEIR COMRADES AND DEDICATED/ ON THE 17TH MAY 1987 Tablet, central: THE DAMS 1943/ FORTRESS EUROPE 1943 - 1944/ NORMANDY 1944/ TIRPITZ 1944/ BISCAY PORTS 1944/ FRANCE AND GERMANY 1944 - 1945/ GERMAN PORTS 1945/ CHANNEL AND NORTH SEA 1944 - 1945/ 617 SQUADRON Tablets: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 204
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 204
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Wall
    Measurements: height 3050mm, width 6700mm
    Materials: Stone - York
  • Tablets
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Slate - Westmoreland
Listing information
Condition
History
2005: Complaints by RBL about the cleanliness of the memorial resulted in a promise of action by ELDC
Costs

Site: Free
Comments: ELDC donated the site.
Memorial: £20000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
East Lindsey District Council
Reference

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