Category: RAF WW2

Two Northern Ireland companies played the foremost role in the erection of the memorial which was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth in her Diamond Jubilee Year. Among the veterans present were John McFarland and Norman Allen from Northern Ireland who served and survived.

Flight Sergeant Richard Bolitho was serving as Rear Gunner on board Lancaster Mk.III ED-864 coded AJ-B during Operation Chastise on May 16/17, 1943. The plane flown by Flight Lieutenant William Astell DFC was part of the main force of No. 617 Squadron which was to bomb the Mohne dam.