Dedication Service

The dedication service of the memorial to the 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was held on Saturday 26th May 2007 (i.e. near to the American WW2 remembrance day). 15 US veterans and 39 family members came over to attended the service, watched by approx. 400 members of the public.

The service was conducted by the Rev Canon Grant Brockhouse (the then parish priest), with Cllr Adrian Dale (the then Chairman of the Parish Council) as the Master of Ceremonies. Honour Guards and Standard Bearers included the 423rd Air Base Group, USAF, 858 Air Training Corps (Rushden) Squadron, Raunds & District Royal British Legion and Yaxley & Huntingdon branches of the Royal Air Force Association, plus a trumpeter from the Raunds Temperance Band.

Poem by Margaret L Hawkins for the memorial dedication

Veterans on the former airfield, taken there by WW2 vehicles

Spitfire flypast over the veterans on the airfield.

Veterans travelling by WW2 vehicles back from the airfield to the church service.

Crowds forming up beside the memorial

US Veterans and families on the trailer opposite the memorial site

Veterans coming forward to uncover the memorial and squadron posts.

Uncovering the memorial and squadron posts

Laying of the wreaths