Heslington Hall is situated on University Way in south-east York.
The Hall was built in 1598 for Sir Thomas Eynns. With modifcations made in Victorian times and also in the 20th century, it was vacated in WW2 by the family of Baron Deramore and became the Headquarters of RAF No 4 Group Bomber Command. After the war it remained unoccupied until the mid-1960s when it became the Administrative Building for the newly opened York University.
A wall plaque measuring approximately 50 cms x 30 cms on a stairwell to the right side of the main Reception area pays tribute to the personnel of the Group who made the supreme sacrifice in the air and on the ground during WW2.
10 Squadron, based initially at Dishforth then Leeming and finally RAF Melbourne, comprised just one of the many Yorkshire 4 Group squadrons and lost some 839 aircrew during its WW2 bombing operations.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus (Gus) Walker gives his left-handed salute at the 10 Squadron War Memorial inauguration on
15 September 1985.
The Memorial was designed by architect and aviation artist Norman Appleton. (Click on the Plaque image above to enlarge)
Much of the information below has come from Tony Hibberd, who is a volunteer researcher at the International Bomber Command Centre, (IBCC) Lincoln. We are most grateful to him in allowing us to share his research.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF EACH PLAQUE OR MEMORIAL BELOW
to 'Read More' in a pdf file which will then open
(Not all images are linked in this way: -those which are linked show a hand pointer when your cursor is scrolled over the memorial image)
Whitley: Missing in action following the first WW2 raid to Berlin 1-2 October 1939
In memory of the crew of K 9018
Large wooden plaque held by 10 Sqn at their RAF Brize Norton HQ
York Raceway Plaque: in Taxiway-light Concrete Block - RAF Melbourne
In memory of all who lifted off at this point to engage in bombing missions during WW2 (No additional pdf text link)
Note: This plaque is situated on Private Property
Whitley: Flying Accident 23 January 1939
Memorial to Plt Off Allan F.W. MILES in the Garrison Church, Southsea, Portsmouth
Whitley: Crash in Tredegar, Wales - 13 November 1940
(No additional pdf text link)
In memory of Sgt Peter D. GOLDSMITH pilot of VT 4232
Plaque mounted on stone at Parc Bryn Bach Visitor Centre
(Nth-East of Merthyr Tydfill)
Whitley: Crash in Schuinesloot, Netherlands 5/6 July 1941
Plt Off R. Goulding - Pilot, Sgt R.I.H. Aird - Gunner, Sgt D. Morrison - Observer, Sgt R.H. Jordan - Wop
Halifax: Crash on Hood Hill, Sutton Bank, North Yorks 5 May 1943
An accident in which 5 Halifax crew members were killed when their aircraft hit high ground.
Halifax: Crashed at RAF Tangmere, West Sussex 19 November 1943
In memory of a crew who were all killed in their severely damaged Halifax, whilst attempting to land at Tangmere after a raid on Germany
Memorial to all the crew of Halifax HX 181 (ZA-K) whose aircraft crashed into a hangar at RAF Tangmere
(Enquire at the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (TMAM) to access the Memorial at the edge of the old airfield, not far from the Control Tower)
A further link to the individual crew members named on the Memorial may be found here:
A small plaque shown below, in the TMAM Garden of Remembrance also remembers the crew.
To open a subsequent article about any memorials shown,
Click on the image of it
Halifax: Shotdown over Ost Wippengen, Germany 27 September 1943
In memory of Sgt Ernest J. E. JARMAN, air bomber on Mk2 Halifax JD272 (click on image below)
Halifax: Missing in Action - Berlin Raid, 20 January 1944
(Note: The Squadron records Douglas Arthur as a flight sergeant at the time of his last flight, whereas this memorial plaque in St Timothy's lists him as a sergeant. He was the son of John and Edith Arthur of Liversedge, Yorks.)
Images courtesy: Mark Hanson
Halifax: Shot down near Perles, Aisne, France 29 June 1944
In memory of Sgt Jonathan Cuffey.
This memorial must be unique in that a street is named after a 10 Sqn tail gunner who lost his life when his aircraft crashed near Perles in France in June 1944. Sgt J. Cuffey was the only one on his crew to lose his life and he is buried near the Perles village church, where he is remembered every year on Memorial Day (8 May). Click on the image below to read the story.
Halifax: Mid-Air Collision - Taillette, France 17-18 December 1944
In memory of the crews of Halifaxes LV 818 & NP 699 (432 Sqn)
Taillette Village War Memorial
OC 10 Sqn (1942) - Plymouth Hoe Memorial, Devon - Don Bennettt (1910 - 1986)
In his then rank of a wing commander in 1942, Air Vice Marshal D.C.T. Bennett CB, CBE, DSO, commanded No 10 Squadron at RAF Leeming. On leaving the Squadron he formed the renowned 'Pathfinder Force' of No 8 Gp, Bomber Command.
His ashes rest beneath the Plymouth Hoe Memorial commemorating RAF losses from 1939 - 1945.
THE BOMBER COMMAND MEMORIAL
in Green Park, London was inaugurated by
Her Majesty The Queen
on Thursday 28 June 2012
" The Crew "
In memory of the 55,573 who gave their lives
The Memorial's Bomber Command Crest
A total of 156 aircraft from 10 Squadron were lost on WW2 operations
comprising 47 Whitleys and 109 Halifaxes.
839 aircrew men from 10 Squadron were killed on active flying service between
September 1939 and December 1945.
This figure includes the deaths of POWs and casualties from flying training accidents, but it does not include victims of non-flying accidents or deaths from natural causes.
839 ......... out of 55,573
Between September 1939 and May 1945, the Squadron earned 523 awards, including ,
9 DSOs, 333 DFCs and 173 DFMs.