Held on a baking afternoon, and under blue skies, a number of veterans from East Kirkby’s wartime past assembled in the museum’s main hangar for their annual Service of Remembrance.

 

The Reverend Richard Benson (honorary Chaplain to the 57 Squadron Association) performed the Act of Remembrance with music provided by The Mareham-Le-Fen Victory Silver Band. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, PA474, performed three faultless passes over the museum site before the laying of wreaths and playing of The Last Post at the memorial besides the museum entrance. Many veterans also remained behind after the service to witness what was once an undoubtedly familiar sight and sound, as NX611 ran up her four Merlin 24s and taxied out on to the grass strip.

 

630 Squadron disbanded in July 1945, but 57 Sqn was represented by an immaculate colour party from RAF Wyton where the Sqn now operates the Grob Tutor T.1.

 

 

Personnel based at East Kirkby Killed in Action 

 

 

57 Squadron

630 Squadron

RAF

349

301

RAAF

40

29

RCAF

43

43

RNZAF

8

11

SAAF

1

1

USAAF

3

1

RNorAF

3

0

Total:

447

386

 

 

 

In addition to the 833 lives lost on operations, a number of non-aircrew station personnel also lost their lives during the same period. For more information please see the history of RAF East Kirkby HERE.

 

 “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them”