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£6,160
raised of £6,800 target by 24 supporters

    Weʼve raised £6,160 to To help fund a memorial for the men who lost their lives flying from Lavenham, Suffolk with the 487th Bomb Group from 1944 to 1945

    Lavenham, Suffolk, England
    Funded on Tuesday, 31st March 2020

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    USAAF 487th Bomb Group memorial – Lavenham Airfield

    The Friends of Lavenham Airfield (FOLA) is seeking funding for £6,800 for the creation of a military heritage memorial to the United States Army Air Force’s 487th Bomb Group who served on the airfield in WWII and to be unveiled as part of Lavenham’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE-Day in May 2020.

    The memorial.

    The proposed design recalls the appearance of the WWII airfield’s original identification letters ‘LV’, a large horizontal feature that its wartime occupants would have been familiar with. The letters will be set against a dark background within a twenty foot square bordered by a low flat top walled. The memorial will lie adjacent to the restored control tower. It is FOLA’s belief that a memorial taking this form will be unique to Lavenham. The top surfaces of the wall will carry plaques recording the names of the 233 personnel who lost their lives and every unit that served as part of the 487th Bomb Group. The remaining space will be available to the relatives of 487th Bomb Group veterans to record on plaques their loved one’s service at the airfield.

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    • John Pawsey1 year ago
      John Pawsey

      John Pawsey

      1 year ago

      Once again, thank you to all of you who donated so that we can honour the 233 men who died flying from Lavenham. This page will now close but do please keep in contact and do visit your memorial. John Pawsey Chair - Friends of Lavenham Airfield

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    • John Pawsey1 year ago
      John Pawsey

      John Pawsey

      1 year ago

      Thank you all so much for supporting our cause. We have now managed to building the memorial with only the plaques left to put on to honour the 233 men who died flying from Lavenham Airfield, Station 137. We had hoped to unveil the memorial at the May 2020 VE celebrations but due to the present coronovirus situation that unveiling is currently postponed. Thank you all again and please do come and visit us soon. Kind regards John Pawsey

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    • John Pawsey2 years ago
      John Pawsey

      John Pawsey

      2 years ago

      Great news, we have started building the memorial. Thank you so much again to all of you who have contributed so far!

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    2 years ago

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    24

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 11, 2020

      £4,000.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Feb 17, 2020

      Thank you for keeping the memory of these brave men alive!!

      £100.00

    • Karen Bodio Graham

      Karen Bodio Graham

      Jan 27, 2020

      I’ve visited Lavenham in honor of my Dad who flew B17s from Station 137

      £40.00

    • Jon Weden

      Jon Weden

      Jan 25, 2020

      My dad was stationed at Lavenham from mid 1944 until 12/24/44. I’m honored to help with this memorial.

      £100.00

    • Joe Stanley

      Joe Stanley

      Jan 22, 2020

      Great cause.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 21, 2020

    • Conrad Mitchell

      Conrad Mitchell

      Jan 18, 2020

      We visited the airfield in 2013 with my grandfather who served in Lavenham. John was gracious to our family and let us tour the grounds. Thank you for remembering the efforts of those that served.

      £100.00

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