Fulstow Bridge Memorial

550 Squadron Lancasters ED730 and ND327

For more information about the crews see also the Sgt H F J Woods and F/Sgt W R Cooper crew pages.

The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour for ED730 is available here.

The entry on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour for ND327 is available here.

Act of Remembrance at the Memorial

Mike Leeman, representing the 550 Squadron and RAF North Killingholme Association, sent in the following photos and summary.

There was a very strong wind blowing across the Lincolnshire marshes, very noticeable to those at the memorial site right next to the Louth Canal and at the extremity of Fulstow village.

Approximately fifty people gathered for a short ceremony conducted by Mrs. Camilla Carlbon Flynn (described in a note by Coun. Nicola Pike as a "trustee of Bomber Command and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire"). The Epitaph was read by Piers Pike, names were read by original researcher Danny Malone and a poem was read by Yvonne Hallam - ex-RAF Queen Mary RAF Nursing (as per info from Parish Councillor Nicola Pike who was heavily involved in fund-raising for the project). The land for the memorial was donated by Rob Willerton of Heelgate Farm and the hole for the memorial was dug by Will Thornes.

The only crew families' representatives present were the nephew and niece of Gordon Claydon (flight engineer of the Cooper crew).

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Piers Pike
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Those present including Ian Reid (100 Squadron historian) in dark glasses on extreme right
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Those present including relatives of Gordon Claydon - lady in the black puffer jacket and white scarf and gent this side of her with his hand in pocket.
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An online report about the Fulstow memorial is available at: https://msn.com/en-gb/news/world/new-memorial-at-fulstow-for-two-lancaster-bomber-command-crews-80-years-on/ar-AA1lXrNN