RAF Marham unveils war memorial and memorial wall

RAF Marham: official opening of a memorial wall at the aviation heritage centre. Picture: SAC Edward

RAF Marham: official opening of a memorial wall at the aviation heritage centre. Picture: SAC Edward Wright [RAF] - Credit: SAC Edward Wright [RAF]

RAF Marham has never had a war memorial until now.

And to mark the station's centenary year, a war memorial and memorial wall have been unveiled.

The wall is an enduring memory of all of the airmen and airwomen who have been injured, gone missing, or have been killed, while based at RAF Marham and in the service of their country.

Both monuments have been placed in the remembrance garden outside the aviation heritage centre.

Steve Roberts, curator and manager of the centre, said: 'It has been a very moving experience, working with the team, building the monuments and liaising with the families of those airmen and women we are honouring. It has been a privilege to meet so many friends and family and I am pleased they were able to make it for the service and memorial dedication.'

The memorial is made in two parts; the first was built by Corporal Jamie Fowler.

He designed and built the base structure, which is clad in red brick to represent the Peterborough red brick that was used to build some of the station's infrastructure in the 1930s.

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The structure base has a propeller blade mounted at the top of the pyramid shape, which was recovered from the crash site of a 7 Sqn Stirling bomber, which landed in the sea off Denmark in 1941.

While 7 Sqn was never based at Marham in the war, JJ Copley, a leading aircraftsman at the time, was onboard when it was shot down. Copley had been posted from Marham to Oakington where 7 Sqn was based and was the first airman to receive a distinguished flying medal at Marham in the war.

Subsequently, an accommodation block for the junior ranks was named in his honour.

The memorial wall was built by Derek and Daniel Hardy, BAe employees, who worked in their spare time with the Lightning project to reclaim 550 original bricks from No 3 hangar, which they have cleaned and re-used to build the wall.

Petroglyph Engraving, based at Beeston Regis, produced the memorial wall title plaque and station crest, which was mounted along with seven memorial plaques sponsored by the families or veterans.

These simple plaques are designed to provide a memory of a person who has served at RAF Marham during its 100-year history and beyond.