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St Eval Church really is a fantastic memorial in itself really, aside from the lovely stained glass memorial window, there is a whole assortment of plaques and other memorials inside. The chuch is on the RAF St Eval Station Badge.
I have a few photos I took when I was there a couple weeks back, they are here; http://www.airfields.fotopic.net/steval
This is part of the interior. It really is a shrine to Coastal Command and the men that served in, and were lost. That memorial really should be the basis for all airfield memorials.
Amazing to think that the RAF wanted to demolish the church during RAF St Evals' construction, stiff local opposition prevented this, much to the RAFs and locals benefit. It sits very high on the landscape and can be seen from many parts in Cornwall from a suprisingly long distance, it even served as a day mark for mariners, having its top painted white.
have they still the cross from a shackleton crash
Some photos from a visit to St Eval Church on Weds 11th Jan.
The Explanation about the stained glass memorial window.
The Squadron Crests on the North Wall
The Squadron Crests on the South Wall
The Rood Screen Plaque
The 50th Anniversary of Airfield Opening Plaque
The Church and the headstones of the victims of the air raid of 25 January 1941 in the late afternoon sun.
Some photos of St Eval Church and war graves in the graveyard.
Born in Newquay back in 1944, have visited St Eval church many times when visiting home. The war was just about over when I was born but I do remember as a small boy lying in bed at night and hearing the rumble of a Shackleton going back to base, the sound seemed to rumble on for ever. Your photos remind us that lower ranks lost their lives as well. When I looked at the graves I wondered how they were killed. My father who was a Post Office Engineer during the war always used to tell the tale of being near St Eval/St Mawgan in his little brown van when he spotted an enemy aircraft coming his way. Said he drove into a wooded valley and abandonmed his van. The plane flew on so all was well that ends well!
Thanks for sharing the memories Dave.
St Eval was bombed on numerous occasions. On Saturday 25th January 1941 about 2000hrs there was a raid when land mines and 250kg bombs were dropped. One bomb struck an air raid shelter alongside the Watch Tower. Two officers and nineteen airmen were killed with 13 of them buried in St Eval churchyard.
The head teacher from my time at Trevisker school is buried in the churchyard. He was Major Solomon. A wonderful head, it was bar far my happiest time at school; 62-64.
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