Roll of Honour No. 3 Group, Bomber Command, R.A.F.

Roll of Honour No. 3 Group, Bomber Command, R.A.F.

 

Cover page of the Roll of Honour, where on the afternoon of the 6th of November 1955, with all the pageantry of Church and State, the Memorial Books of Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 100 Groups Bomber Command, were laid in a special cabinet in Ely Cathedral. This document records this event.

 

 

 

Roll of Honour

No.3 Group Bomber Command

Royal Air Force

1939-1945

 

"On Sunday, 6th November, 1955, Memorial Books to Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 100 Groups were laid up in Ely Cathedral, and a stained glass window dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Groups during the years 1939 - 1945..... The Books, of exquisite craftsmanship and bound in Morocco leather of Air Force Blue, contain the names of 19,000 aircrew who were lost on operational missions during the war from the four Groups.

The stained-glass window consisting of four panels is installed in the North Choir Aisle. The left-hand light shows the figure of a member of aircrew in flying clothing above the Badge of No. 2 Group. The left centre light shows the Archangel Michael above the Badge of No. 3 Group. The right centre light portrays St. George and the Dragon above the Badge of No. 8 Group; this design also incorporates the Lion of St. Mark, the Patron Saint of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The right hand light shows the figure of an airman above the Badge of No. 100 Group. ....

The choice for Ely for such a ceremony was singularly appropriate, for it was from stations around Ely that the Squadrons of these Groups flew out against the enemy. To them the towers of the beautiful Cathedral Church became a familiar and homely landmark. No better or more glorious setting could be asked for a memorial to those of their number who did not return......"

 

Sgt Eric Harold Cooper is recorded on page 31 of the 88 page booklet commemorating the service.

 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

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