The Memorial Stone

 

memorialStoneFinal

The Memorial Stone

The Service of Dedication for the Memorial Stone, led by Canon Chris Barber on 24 April, can be seen below:

The Memorial Stone was commissioned at the request of the German Air Force Protection  Regiment (GAPR) at Jever Airbase to replace the plaque that currently marks the spot where the plane crashed in flames in Upjever Forest. The Stone will be installed at the airbase from which R3236 was shot down on 24 June.  The crew’s families are deeply touched and delighted that, in the spirit of the original internment in the Jever cemetary with full military honours, the present generation of Jever residents remember and honour the crew of R3236.   It was designed and produced at Ivett and Reed who have been master stonemasons in Cambridge since 1896. The stone was paid for by the families of the crew, supporters of the project and its installation will be paid for by the GAPR

The stone, made out of a beautiful grey granite, depicts a Wellington Bomber in flight  with the RAF Feltwell code LF clearly visible behind the wings.  The design is centred around a compass, as would have been used by the crew to navigate by.  The round shape echoes the concrete circle that R3236 would have stopped on, whilst the compass was calibrated, before take off.  The plane is shown, coming in as it did from the North East, above a map of Northern Germany including the point South West of the Friesland Islands from which its last signal was received.  R3236’s path towards Jever is shown by a dotted line and the weather conditions during that last journey are represented.  The oak trees of the forest in Upjever where the plane crashed is rememberd by the oak leaf.   The inscriptions were created by the families of the crew members and are also shown in morse code.    An inscription around the edge of the stone in German explains the brief outline of the story (again, also shown in morse code) and the details of this website.  We hope anyone seeing the stone in Jever will visit the website to find out more about the story.  The stone was unveiled at a ceremony at Ely Cathedral and will be taken to locations around Great Britain associated with the crew before it is installed at Jever Airbase.

FinalmemorialSite
The Memorial Stone in place outside the Headquarters of the German Air Force, Jever  Airbase

 

 R3236 Memorial Tablet
UK Tour & Transfer to Germany

Date Location & Detail
April 18th
10:30am
Photo-call:
Gavin & Rosemary Knox
Visit Ely Cathedral
Collect  Memorial Stone from
Ivett & Reed, Cambridge
April 22nd – 27th Display
Bomber Command MemorialEly Cathedral
April 23rd Lunch at The Wellington Pub

Tour of Feltwell Airfield

April 24th Service of Dedication
Bomber Command MemorialEly Cathedral
April 28th John Lyon School – Presentation
April 28th -May 5th Brooklands Museum Display

Weybridge, Surrey

May 6th – May 12th Ball Family Gathering
Shoreham, Kent
May 15th War Memorial – Act of Remembrance
Afternoon displayRickmansworth, Hertfordshire
May 19th
11.00am
Pocklington School – Presentation

Yorkshire

May 21st
08:45am
Cadder Cemetery – Visit

Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

May 22nd
08:45am
Edinburgh Castle
War Memorial – Act of Remembrance
May 27th – 31st The Wellington Beer Festival – Display
Feltwell, Norfolk
June 3rd – 5th David Denison’s 50th Birthday Party
Oxfordshire
Transfer to Germany
June 6th – 10th Ship to Jever
via Amels Shipyard, Vlissingen, NL.
June 13th – 17th  Memorial Installation
Jever Airfield 80th Anniversary Event
24th June Monument Unveiling CeremonyJever Airfield

Lower Saxony, Germany

 

memorialStoneFinal