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RAF DUNHOLME LODGE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

Conflict Commemorated:WWII

Address:Lawres Room, William Farr School, Welton

Parish:Welton

Type of Memorial:Board/ plaque/ tablet

Materials Used:Brass / wood

Description:A brass plaque mounted in a wooden frame which lists the men from the Australian Airforce who lost their lives on flying operations from RAF Dunholme Lodge. It was unveiled by Keith Payne VC, OAM on 11th July 2007.

Inscription:DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE OFFICERS AND AIRMEN OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON OPERATIONS OVER EUROPE WHILST FLYING FROM RAF DUNHOLME LODGE (names) OMNE SOLUM FORTI PATRIA 1941-1945

Notes on Condition:WMO262416

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:C J Anderson

Notes:KIDS' TRIBUTE TO AUSSIE AIR FORCE HEROES Pupils have been remembering the men who gave their lives flying from an RAF base just yards from their school playground. Students at William Farr School in Welton unveiled a memorial plaque to members of the Royal Australian Air Force, who died in bombing raids from RAF Dunholme Lodge during the Second World War. The names of 39 men, most not much older than the students themselves, will now be forever housed in the school's chapel. The plaque features the names of young men from the RAAF's 44 (Rhodesia), 49 and 619 squadrons who were based at the airfield between 1942 and 1944. In a moving ceremony members of the school council stood up and read out each of the 39 names of the men who died. The plaque was then unveiled by specially invited guest Keith Payne VC, a veteran of the Australian army who had flown to England at the request of headmaster Paul Strong. Mr Payne (74), joined the army in 1951, served in Korea and Malaya and won his Victoria Cross in 1969 after seeing action in Vietnam. "It was a great honour for me to be here, particularly as I am an infantry soldier and these young men flew for Bomber Command and never came home," he said. "We remember them purely and simply by placing a plaque and I often wonder who is going to look at it and see the names. "This school was built on the small airfield that was RAF Dunholme Lodge and to the men that flew from here it was home. "But they never actually made it back home, so their names will remain on this plaque." Headmaster Paul Strong said that over the years the school has struck up an important relationship with the veterans associations. "We have many friends among us and the veterans are always considered as great friends of the school," he said. "A Year Eight pupil goes into the Lawres Room (chapel) each day to turn a page in the book of remembrance to honour the names of those who died." Fifteen-year-old William Farr pupil Louis Cherrill said that he found it fascinating learning about the veterans' sacrifices. "I find it really interesting because it happened so close to the school," he said. "I live in Saxilby but there is RAF history all around here. It's also important for us to know about because these guys won't be here much longer." Lincolnshire Echo 12 July 2007 WAR VETERAN PRAISES SCHOOLS' HOSPITALITY Lincolnshire Echo 21 August 2007 An Australian war veteran has thanked the people of Lincolnshire for their hospitality during a visit to the county. Keith Payne (74), served in Korea and Malaya and won the Victoria Cross in 1969 serving in Vietnam. Along with his wife Flo, Mr Payne has just returned to Australia after visiting the county, where he spoke to pupils at schools including Ingham and William Farr, Welton. During his visit to William Farr he unveiled a plaque commemorating airmen from the Royal Australian Air Force who died during bombing raids from RAF Dunholme Lodge in the Second World War. Mr Payne thanked headteacher Paul Strong and Dr John Alwyn, chairman of the Lincoln Britain-Australia Society. "Thank you for the honour you both bestowed on our country's fallen aircrews," he said. "The memorial service and plaque, the speeches and the musical items by the students were very emotional and a fitting tribute."

Sources Used:C J Anderson

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