Stone to honour town’s Battle Of Britain heroes

DIGNITARIES, special guests and members of the armed forces will be on hand for the special unveiling of a monument in honour of the 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Association in Hucknall tomorrow (Saturday).

The parish church will host a service before the memorial stone is revealed on Market Place.

The events will recognise the formation of the squadron in April 1928 at Hucknall Airfield and to honour members who lost their lives serving their country.

The association will be supported on the day by the current 504 Squadron, now based at RAF Wittering, 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron of the Air Training Corps (ATC), 1803 (Hucknall) Squadron of the ATC and representatives of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA).

Hucknall 504 squadron joined RAF Fighter Command at the outbreak of World War Two and flew Hurricanes and Spitfires in the Battle of Britain.

The squadron was disbanded in 1957 before a new unit was formed in 1997.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), Hucknall’s deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, will be on hand tomorrow.

“It’s a great honour to be asked to attend this special service and commemorative event,” said Coun Wilmott.

“I am looking forward to it and delighted to represent the council on what will be a special day for Hucknall.”

n OUR PHOTO shows a Royal Air Force parade organised by the 504 squadron in Hucknall last year (PHOTO BY: Peter Jordan)