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Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial
Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial

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The memorial is a smaller than life-sized statue of an airman in RAF battledress, standing gazing into the sky, coat slung over his shoulder. He looks to the sky as if watching a plane, his hand raised above his brow. The statue stands on a three-sided, rock-faced pedestal, on top a short flight of steps. It commemorates the aerodrome which was on this site. The memorial was erected and dedicated in 1997. In 2007 a full-size replica Spitfire aircraft was erected on the roundabout at the junction of Thornaby Road, Bader Avenue and Trenchard Avenue, about 500 metres to the south of the statue.
Title

Thornaby Aerodrome Memorial

Date

1997

Medium

cold cast bronze, blue brick & sandstone

Measurements

H 120 x W (?) x D (?) cm (E);
Plinth: H 195 x W 127 x D 85 cm

Accession number

TS17_HJC_S030

Acquisition method

part funded by Thornaby Town Council; part by public subscription and grants from "Remembering Thornaby", the Ropner Trust and Northern Arts

Work type

War memorial

Owner

Thornaby Town Council

Custodian

Thornaby Town Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

8th May 1997

Access

at all times

Inscription description

on west face of the pedestal, an incised depiction of an eagle, with incised black capital letters below: THIS MEMORIAL / STANDS ON THE SITE OF / THORNABY / AERODROME / AND IS TO THE MEMORY / OF ALL WHO SERVED HERE / 1930-1958 / DEDICATED 8TH MAY 1997; on north-east face, an incised black filled map of the base showing the standard "A" shaped layout of the runways together with the perimeter roads; on south east face, incised in coloured paint: the depiction of the squadron badge and incised below in black letters: HOME OF / 608 NORTH RIDING / (F) SQUADRON / ROYAL AUXILLARY / AIR FORCE / OMNIBUS UNGULIS / (WITH ALL TALONS); incised in black capitals on a metal plaque attached to the wall at the rear of the statue: THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED / BY / WING COMMANDER / H.D. “HANK” COSTAIN M.B.E., R.A.F. (RTD.) / 8TH MAY, 1997 / DESIGNER: D. SHUTTLEWORTH R.I.B.A. / COUNCILLLOR DERRICK BROWN / CHAIRMAN (MAYOR) / THORNABY TOWN COUNCIL; on the right hand end of north face of surrounding wall is a pale blue circular plaque with a relief of the 'A' layout of runways in red surmounted by a pale blue plane with the words: THORNABY TH AERODROME 1930-1958

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Located at

Thornaby Road, Thornaby Village

TS17 0JX