Barkston Heath Memorial

Project Details

  • Client: RAF Barkston Heath
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Category: Monuments

Opened in 1941 and now home to the Joint Elementary Flying Training School, RAF Barkston Heath in Lincolnshire was one of the departure points for the two largest airborne offensives in WWII.

Benjamin Wildblood, a former pilot and current instructor, launched a fundraising initiative to build a stone memorial, reflecting the part the airfield played in Operation Overlord and Operation Market Garden. We were of course proud to be involved.

Crafted from our Ancaster stone, the 2.5 tonne memorial features a bronze sundial where the bearings to Normandy, Arnhem and Norway are marked out, in memory of Airborne Forces operations mounted from Lincolnshire airfields.

In the presence of both veteran and serving military personnel, the Barkston Heath Memorial was unveiled from under its parachute silk at a ceremony on 31 May 2014.