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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)
RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
Situated close to what was the original Main Gate of RAF Leeming (until it's redevelopment several years ago) is a memorial stone and plaque remembering all the operational flying squadrons that were based there during WW2: 10 Sqn arrived from nearby RAF Dishforth in July 1940 and left for RAF Melbourne in August 1942.
Images donated to the IBCC Memorials Project and reproduced with the kind permission of Steve Dobson
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.
We must also mention the Scottish Military Research Group for kindling allowing the use of some of their images.
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to find memorials which are listed in the date order of aircraft loss and
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
We have found, since this was first posted here, that Sgt Goldsmith was in fact the 2nd pilot on this crew and his captain was a Fg Off Peter W.F. Landale, later promoted to squadron leader rank. Whilst Landale survived this crash and subsequently rejoined 10 Squadron, we now learn that he was later Missing in Action - possibly over the North Sea when his Whitley Z 6624 failed to return after a Hanover raid on 25/26 July 1941. Memorials to him are to be found in his home area of Dalswinton and Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, Scotland. Having no grave he is remembered at the Runnymede Memorial.
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
Whitley: Missing over The North Sea off the Dutch Coast 25/26 July 1941
Sqn Ldr Peter W.F. Landale DFC is remembered in the stained-glass window
at Dalswinton Barony Church, Dumfries & Galloway
1941/1942/1943 The Blackpool Fish Brothers
BLACKPOOL – Seventh Day Adventist Chapel, Bolton Street
¾ mile south of Blackpool Tower, on a road parallel to Blackpool’s ‘Golden Mile’ and just off Lytham Street, in nondescript-looking Bolton Street, is a very small Seventh Day Adventist chapel. Above the door on the external wall, is a weathered memorial tablet remembering three brothers from the town who were all killed, serving with the RAF during WW2. One of them served at RAF Melbourne, Yorks, as a Halifax pilot on 10 Squadron. To read more, click on the image of the tablet below:
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
Flt Lt W. (Bill) Gorley DFC - 29 March 1946 - Burma Dakota KP 270
Flimby Village Cemetery War Memorial, Nr Workington, Cumbria CA15 8TJ
For many years WW2 10 Sqn Nav Leader Douglas Newham wondered if a Memorial had ever been erected anywhere to commemorate his great friend Flt Lt Bill Gorley who had died in a Dakota crash in north-east Burma at the end of March 1946. Although married with a Surrey address, Doug knew that Bill had been raised in Cumbria and thanks to Doug’s dedication, fine memory and superb research help given to him by BBC Radio Cumbria, Bill’s name was finally found in 2020.
It is on the War Memorial located near the entrance to the cemetery adjacent to St Nicholas Church, in the coastal village of Flimby, some four miles north of Workington. 75 years after Bill Gorley loss of life and Doug’s subsequent quest started, Bill's name was found and Doug was able to pay his final respects to his friend.
Sadly Doug himself aged 100, was to pass away in March 2022. Like his friend, he will be sadly missed.
Click here to read: A Very Sad Day for 10 Squadron in Burma
29 March 1946
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.