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Memorial details

Memorial type
Serviceman / Servicewoman
District
Thanet
Town
Manston
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MR PAUL SETON
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 18th July 1997
    Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
29020
Current location

Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum
Manston Road
Manston
Thanet
Kent
CT12 5DF
England

OS Grid Ref: TR 33337 66580
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A cast metal figure of an air crew member in flying gear carrying an air crew bag.
Inscription
First panel: IN MEMORY OF THE BRITISH/ AND ALLIED AIRCREW WHO/ DIED IN TIMES OF CONFLICT/ OVER THANET Second panel: AIRCREW/ FIGHTER TRAIL ETCHED WHITE ON BLUE/ BOMBER CAPTAIN, TAILPLANE CREW,/ LIKE GODS, THESE MEN THOUGH WROUGHT AS WE/ ARE BRUSHED WITH IMMORTALITY./ THEIR YOUTH NOT LOST TO AGE AS YEARS GO BY/BUT GRANDLY, IN A MOMENT, SOARING HIGH/ THROUGH CONQUERED SKY/ HAROLD BALFOUR Third panel: THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED BY/ HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH/ THE QUEEN MOTHER/ 18TH JULY 1997 Fourth panel: FOR JOHNNY/ DO NOT DESPAIR/ FOR JOHNNY-HEAD-IN-AIR/ HE SLEEPS AS SOUND/ AS JOHNNY UNDER GROUND/ FETCH OUT NO SHROUD/ FOR JOHNNY-IN-THE-CLOUD/ AND KEEP YOUR TEARS/ FOR HIM IN AFTER TEARS/ BETTER BY FAR/ FOR JOHNNY-THE-BRIGHT-STAR/ TO KEEP YOUR HEAD/ AND SEE HIS CHILDREN FED/ JOHN PUDNEY.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Figure
    Measurements: height 1800MM, width 600MM
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
History
2002: STONE MASON REDEFINED THE LETTERING
Costs

Memorial: £15000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Responsibility
SPITFIRE AND HURRICANE MEMORIAL BUILDING TRUST

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