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 unveiling and  dedication of the new ABCT memorial at Woodhall Spa Airfield Nature Reserve


At:     Woodhall Spa Airfield Nature Reserve

Access to the reserve is off the B1192 (Tattershall Road, Woodhall Spa LN4 4JT)

 

On:    Sunday 13th May 2018

 

Time: 11.30 Service of Dedication

(Please gather at the new ABCT memorial at 11.15)

 

Officiating:               

The Venerable (Air-Vice-Marshal) Robin Turner CB DL

Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force (Retired) and Honorary Chaplain to HM the Queen and Archdeacon Emeritus

 

Wing Commander John Bell MBE DFC Ld’H

President of 617 Squadron Association

(John flew with Nos 619 and 617 Squadrons from this airfield in 1943 and 1944)

 

Kenneth Bannerman

Founder & Director General of Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust


97 (straits Settlements) Squadron will be represented and a wreath will be laid.

If anyone can attend please do so.


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As part of the 75th Anniversary of the Dams Raid please find link here about those who transferred from 97 (straits Settlements) Squadron to 617 Squadron for the raid. Many were to transfer between the two squadrons including F/L R.A.D Trevor-Roper Rear Gunner on Guy Gibson's AJ-G sadly to lose his life with 97 Squadron on the ill fated Nuremberg Raid 

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World War 2

In all, 97 Squadron lost 123 aircraft on operations in the course of completing 4066 sorties. Personnel from the Squadron won 18 DSOs, one OBE, 228 DFCs, 41 Bars to the DFC, one BEM, 163 DFMs, 2 Bars to the DFM, 2 United States of America DFCs, 2 Belgian Croix de Guerres and one Russian Medal of Valour. Recently the French Government has bestowed the la legion d'honneur to members of 97 Squadron

Missile

Cold War

In 1955 the contract from the United States Government for the development of an IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic missile) system went to the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, which by prodigious feats of design and engineering delivered the first SM - 75 Thor in October 1956 and despite an inauspicious start in the flight test programme - the first 4 launches ended in failure - the system was declared operational in 1959 and place under the control of bomber Command.

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Today

The squadron continues today through the 97 (straits settlements) Squadron Association. The Association is for all those who have served with 97 Squadron and is open to their relatives and friends as well.

This is the location for our Memory Page, where we remember those who survived the war but have since sadly departed us. It also contains news items and photo galleries from previous reunion events. This is continually being updated.

 

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History

The history of 97 Squadron from its forming in December 1917, at Waddington to assuming the title of “97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron”,in February 1941. Finally its cold war importance.

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Roll Of Honour

97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron suffered losses during World war 2. Listed here all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"Lest We Forget"

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Links

The 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Association is proud to be associated with.

 

 

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