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New memorial to honour fallen airmen

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A plan has been unveiled for a war memorial to be installed at the former RAF airfield at Strubby - between Louth and Alford - in memory of those who served there during the Second World War.

“I am very enthusiastic about the memorial,” said landowner Janet Stubbs who is masterminding the project.

“The names of the squadrons who were based at the airfield will be engraved in gold lettering by Leakes Masonry of Louth on a five-tonne piece of granite that is currently on its way here on a slow boat from China.”

Assuming planning permission is granted by East Lindsey District Council, it will stand eight foot high and be both a fitting tribute to those servicemen who lost their lives flying Lancasters and a proud landmark in the Strubby landscape.

It will also complement other attractions in the area including Woodthorpe Hall caravan park, a golf course, a driving range, a garden centre and an aquatics business, which have all been developed by members of the Stubbs family over the past 38 years.

From its opening in April 1944, RAF Strubby became the most easterly base of Bomber Command UK and was home to six squadrons plus 5 Group Anti-Aircraft School.

In total, 65 Lancaster bombers failed to return or were destroyed in crashes during the airfield’s relatively short military life.

After the RAF withdrew in the 70s, part of the base was used by Conoco as a heliport to serve the North Sea oil rigs prior to relocation to Humberside Airport

Mrs Stubbs intends to mark the installation of the memorial, which should be this summer, with a VIP reception and a flypast by a Lancaster

 

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