The Newchurch ALG Memorial was unveiled on Saturday 23rd September 2017
It was a beautiful September day and, coincidentally, seventy three years to the day that the squadrons left Newchurch for the last time in 1944.
In attendance were families of veterans who flew from Newchurch, the commanding officer and standard party from 56 SQN RAF from Waddington, members of local branches of the British Legion and veterans associations with their standards (see below), local squadrons of the RAF Air Cadets along with their band and a large number of villagers. The ceremony was conducted by The Rev (Sqn Ldr) Matthew Buchan and the memorial was unveiled by Mrs Jennifer Rose, the wife of the late Flt Sgt Morris Rose 3(F) SQN RAF. Morris Rose was a pilot based at Newchurch who was credited with shooting down the first V1 flying bomb in daylight.
It seemed appropriate that the past, present and future were represented to honour the service men and women who were based here at Newchurch between 1943 and 1944.
The Village extends its thanks to all those who participated in this event including
The Royal British Legion represented by
Dymchurch, New Romney and Brabourne Branches
Hythe & Romney Marsh Royal Airforce Association
Hastings Parachute Regimental Association
Hastings & St Leonards Veterans Association
The parish council gratefully acknowledge the support of the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust, The Godlington Foundation and Mrs Jennifer Rose all of which have enabled us to complete Phase 2 of our plans. We are also indebted to Mr Graham Berry who has kindly prepared the artwork for this phase of the project. Graham is a relative of Squadron Leader Joseph Berry who flew with Fighter Interception Unit at Newchurch in 1944.