Over 300 people gathered at the official unveiling of a stunning glass memorial which was recently erected in Carnaby.
The stunning glass memorial was unveiled by local GP and ex-wing commander Dr Bell who played a large part in helping to raise funds.
Sue Dawson who is the chairperson of the Carnaby Airfield Memorial committee said: “It has taken five years of fundraising to secure sufficient funds to be raised so that a befitting memorial could be erected to commemorate the important role that Carnaby airfield played during WW2.”
Carnaby airfield was an emergency runway, constructed in 1944, to provide a safe landing strip for battle-damaged aircraft and their crews that were returning from missions over northern Europe.
To start the ceremony the sound of Merlin engines taking off was played to the crowd, followed by an opening speech from Sue Dawson, Chairperson of CAM.
A band of six Royal Airforce Air Cadet drummers from the 252 (Bridlington) Squadron, gave a splendid performance, whilst attendees sipped a glass of Prosecco and raise a glass in a toast during the unveiling.
Sylvia Scott, churchwarden of Carnaby church also gave a speech and this was followed by a canape reception at Ferns Farm Hotel.
The memorial, entitled “Hell, Fire, FIDO and a Halifax” was designed by local artist Stephen Carvill, (creator of The Gansy Girl on Bridlington Pier). The glass panels were manufactured by Andrew Moor Associates
The artwork depicts a distressed bomber which landed at Carnaby on the night of 8th/9th April 1945, with a crew member, Sgt Smith, suspended beneath the aircraft having fallen through a hole in the fuselage. Sgt Smith was saved by the D ring of his parachute which had caught on a lug beneath the aircraft. His ordeal had last for three hours, whilst flying back from Norway on a bombing mission. Sgt Smith was discovered upon landing, alive and well, and apparently still smiling.
Said Sue: “This story is just one of the many events that happened at Carnaby during WW2. To learn more, please visit our webpage, www.carnabyairfieldmemorial.org. Two books on the airfield have been written by Gayna Wallis, Secretary of CAM, and prints of the memorial are now available for purchase, details can be found on our website.”
“CAM would also like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all our supporters, fundraisers, speakers, volunteers and to all the businesses who have supported us, including Ferns Farm Hotel, and the Old Mill Brewery who have kindly allowed us to have a memorial wall dedicated to those who worked, served and landed at Carnaby airfield during the conflict,” added Sue.