Lest We  Forget

Remembrance Service  3.00 pm Sunday 11th November 2012
The Halifax Memorial, Skinners Lane, South Kyme

Flying Officer Lester Lyle WHITHAM (Navigator) Age 23

Pilot Officer Alan Edward MacKENZIE (Air Gunner) Age 18

Flying Officer Robert George EATON (Pilot) Aged 31

Flying Officer Allen Keith HODGKINSON, (Pilot).

Flying Officer Bruce Alan ELMORE (Air Bomber).

Sergeant Harry Bernard SHIMWELL (Air Gunner) Age 19

Sergeant Albert Edward MOSS (Flight Engineer) Aged 23

Sergeant Allan Desmond WEIGH (Wireless Op/Air Gunner)

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‘We Will Remember Them
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

High Flight  by  Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee Jnr.

Why a Halifax Memorial?

On Tuesday 3rd November 2009, an inaugural event took place at South Kyme Golf Club commemorating Aircrew from a WWII Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron. The aircraft crashed in November 1943 in an isolated field, which now forms part of South Kyme Golf Club in Lincolnshire , UK . On discovering from a local farmer that this event took place, members of our Golf Club raised funds to erect a suitable memorial at the crash site on the 66th anniversary of the event.

The aircraft, a Halifax Bomber (LK954 NA/E) of 428 “Ghost” Squadron, RCAF crashed on route whilst returning to its base in the north of England, having suffered damage from enemy gunfire whilst on a raid over the German City of Dusseldorf.