’Britain at War’ Magazine, PO Box 100, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1NA

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LETTER OF THE MONTH Memorial to 144 Squadron

Dear Editor, Your feature on the sending of Hampden torpedo bombers to Soviet Russia mentions the part played by 144 Squadron in the operation. This unit had previously been part of Bomber Command and was based at Hemswell to the north of Lincoln (illustrated right).

In the mid-1990s a memorial was built there that included the badges of the units that had been based there. The memorial was skilfully carved in slate by mason Brian Ansell.

The 144 Squadron badge relates to its World War One service against the Turks, showing an Islamic crescent moon over which is a boar’s head denoting a fierce fighting spirit.


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