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Conflict Commemorated:WW2

Address:Lancaster Way

Parish:North Killingholme

Type of Memorial:Stone of Remembrance

Commisioned By:North Killingholme Fittie Lands Charity

Manufacturer:Leake's Masonry of Louth

Materials Used:Granite

Description:The memorial of grey granite with a polished front was made by Leake's Masonry of Louth at a cost of £1,081, it was donated by the North Killingholme Fittie Lands Charity. It stands on a foundation of concrete, the base measures 905mm square by 140mm high, the column being 430mm square by 1050mm high. It is located on the left hand side of Lancaster Way an access road to the former airfield, now an Industrial Estate.

Inscription:550 Bomber Squadron/ Royal Air Force/ 3 January 1944/ 31 October 1945/ Through Fire We Conquer

Notes on Condition:The memorial stone was cleaned, lettering and Squadron badge repainted in the summer of 2003

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:Mike Leeman

Notes:On 31st July 1982 a service of dedication was hled for a memorial in honour of those of 550 Squadron, RAF who gave their lives for their country 1944 -1945. The squadron, which included members of the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand air forces, lost 353 of its members between 1944 and 1945 - with 13 Lancasters shot down over enemy territory and 13 crashing in Britain on their way home.

Sources Used:www.550squadronassociation.org.uk

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