RAF 100 Memorial Bench

F/O Leslie Pulfrey RAFVR was killed on-board ME840/BQ-V when it failed to return on 16/17 June 1944 from a raid to Sterkrade, Germany. The aircaft was lost over The Netherlands.

The photos attached are of a RAF 100 Memorial bench commissioned with a local sculptor in Penistone. The timber used is from fallen and felled trees and all the carving is done using only a chainsaw. The timber used came from the grounds of a former WW1/2 POW Camp near Lindholm near the former RAF Station. There is the eagle either end of the bench and the backrest the shape of a propeller blade. The bench is 13ft in length and weighs over one ton.

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The bench is situated in the grounds of Penistone Grammar School, near their own War Memorial.

On Saturday 21st September at 11.00 at Penistone Grammar School there is a Dedication Service to Commemorate RAF100, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, in which the RAF played such an important role, and the 75 Anniversary of the loss of the S/Ldr G S Smith crew of ME840/BQ-V.

Members of the Association would be most welcome to attend and participate in this event.