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57 and 630 Squandrons RAF

Conflict Commemorated:WW2

Address:Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage

Parish:East Kirkby

Type of Memorial:Stone of Remembrance

Materials Used:Granite

Description:A polished granite memorial stone which stands at a height of 116 cm. It stands on a base which is 86 cm and the crests of the two squadrons. It is flanked by two plaques and stands behind a low fence which is decorated by a Lancaster Bomber facing head-on.

Inscription:(Stone) IN MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES WITH/ 57 AND 630/ SQUADRONS/ 1939-1945 (South Plaque) MEMBERS OF NOS. 57 AND 630 SQUADRONS/ WHO ERECTED THIS MEMORIAL PAY TRIBUTE/ TO THE PEOPLE OF EAST KIRKBY WHO/ MADE THEM WELCOME IN BOTH WAR/ AND THE PEACE THAT FOLLOWED AND/ GENEROUSLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE/ MEMORIAL FUND./ THIS MEMORIAL STANDS ON THE / SITE OF THE GUARD ROOM OF THE/ AIRFIELD FROM WHICH BOTH SQUADRONS/ OPERATED BETWEEN AUGUST 30TH 1943 AND/ APRIL 25TH 1945 AND FROM WHICH/ OVER 1000 AIR CREW 'WENT MISSING'./ / OCTOBER 1979/ (North Plaque) OLD AIRFIELD/ / I LIE HERE, STILL, BESIDE THE HILL,/ ABANDONED LONG TO NATURE'S WILL,/ MY BUILDINGS DOWN, MY PEOPLE GONE,/ MY ONLY SOUNDS, THE WILD BIRDS SONG./ / BUT MY MIGHT BIRDS WILL RISE NO MORE,/ NO MORE I HEAR THE MERLINS ROAR,/ AND NEVER NOW MY BOSOM FEELS,/ THE POUNDING OF THEIR GIANT WHEELS./ / FROM THE AGELESS HILL THEIR VOICES CAST,/ THUNDEROUS ECHOES OF THE PAST,/ AND STILL, IN LONELY REVERIE,/ THEIR GREAT DARK WINGS SWEEP DOWN TO ME./ / LAUGHTER, SORROW, HOPE, AND PAIN,/ I SHALL NEVER KNOW THESE THINGS AGAIN,/ EMOTIONS THAT I CAME TO KNOW,/ OF STRANGE YOUNG MEN SO LONG AGO./ / WHO KNOWS, AS EVENING SHADOWS MEET,/ ARE THEY WITH ME STILL, A PHANTOM FLEET,/ AND DO MY GHOSTS STILL STRIDE, UNSEEN,/ ACROSS MY FACE, SO WIDE AND GREEN./ / AND IN THE FUTURE, SHOULD STRUCTURES TALL,/ BURY ME BEYOND RECALL,/ I SHALL STILL REMEMBER THEM,/ MY METAL BIRDS, AND LONG-DEAD MEN./ / NOW WEEDS GROW HIGH, OBSCURE THE SKY,/ O REMEMBER ME, WHEN YOU PASS BY,/ FOR BENEATH THIS TANGLED, LEAFY SCREEN,/ I WAS YOUR HOME, YOUR FRIEND, "SILKSHEEN"./ / W. SCOTT./ EX-630 SQUADRON/

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:Beryl Blackhall

Notes:UKNIWM Ref: 20352 A tree Prunus ? serrulata ?Kanzan was also planted 'In memory of those who fought and died with 57 Squadron and 630 Squadron - In Remembrance - From those who serve now'

Sources Used:Beryl Blackhall

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