Aircrews Memorial 2018
The memorial remembers the names of 41 airmen who died in aircraft crashes in the area of Bleasby, Nottinghamshire during WWII. There is also a plaque for the unknown airmen who also died in the area whilst serving their countries and who have not been identified.
The memorial is located on the Glebe Field, near to the St Marys Church car park, opposite the Waggon and Horses public house.
Further information about the airmen and the research findings can be found in an information book which can be requested for viewing at the Waggon and Horses, where there is also a visitor’s book which can be signed.
The memorial is a gesture of thanks to all those who died during WWII from the people of Bleasby who live in peace today.
A dedication event for the memorial was held on 1st September, 2018 attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham, Sir John Peace, Chairman of Nottingham County Council Cllr Susan Saddington, and many other guests including representatives of the RAF and other air forces, and relatives of the airmen who had died.
The memorial has been created as a community project by the villagers of Bleasby. Funding for the memorial was raised through a variety of activities, talks and fundraising events, including a steam train special excursion. Grant assistance was also received from the Nottingham County Council Local Improvement Scheme.
The Project was a collaboration of the Bleasby Local History Society, The Bleasby Parochial Church Council and the Bleasby Parish Council. The concept design for the memorial was created by Nottingham architect Keith Clark. The memorial stones were quarried, shaped, polished and finished by Michael and Adam Wright of D & M Stonemasons of Nottingham, and their partners in India.