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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Lewes
Town
Plumpton
County
East Sussex
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
56434
Current location

The Plough Public House
South Road (B2112)
Plumpton
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 3DF
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 36522 18175
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Triangular concrete obelisk with polished aluminium and brass plaques. Polish Imperial Eagle at top of the front face. 302, 308 and 317 Squadron badges beneath Polish Air Force insignia on other two faces. RAF insignia precedes inscription on rear face. Stylised bird or plaque surrounded the memorial.
Inscription
Front face: Royal Air Force / CHAILEY/ Advanced Landing Ground/ 1943-1945/ 84 Group 2nd Tactical Air Force/ No 18 POLISH SECTOR HQ/ No 131 Polish Fighter Wing/ 302 CITY OF POZAN Squadron/ 308 CITY of KRAKOW Squadron/ 317 CITY of WILNO Squadron/ In Memory of/ Fl.Lt. Jan Kurowski 308 Squadron/ k.i.a. 21st May 1944/ Fl. officer Mieczystaw Adamek 317 Squadron/ k.i.a. 18th May 1944/ THESE WERE THE ONLY AIRCREW LOST FROM R.A.F. CHAILEY/ Rest in Peace/ A Nation will always live, if there are people - ready/ to fight/ Joseph Chielnicki RAF (Poland) Rear face: IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF 2719, 2880, AND 2882 SQUADRONS/ WHO WERE STATIONED AT R.A.F. CHAILEY, ALSO THOSE WHO/ PASSED THROUGH ON THEIR WAY TO OPERATION OVERLORD 1944.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,forename,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: depth 1727mm, height 5486mm, width 1727mm
    Materials: Concrete
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass, Aluminium
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Best of British Magazine 34-35/March 2014 Published:Church Lane Publishing Lincolnshire "Chailey Airfield" article by Jennifer Pulling on the restoration of this WW2 flying base.
  • Flypast 92/Sept 2000 Article by Robert Rudhall "We Shall Remember Them" - a round-up of Aviation memorials (Paragraph 2 "Chailey's Fly-In")

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