Villagers’ Visit to Commemorate the Raven’s Club Wartime Bombing
On Monday 9th May a group of people from Waddington village visited RAF Waddington to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the station.On Monday 9th May a group of people from Waddington village visited RAF Waddington to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the station.
The visit took place outside the Raven’s All Ranks’ club and in the Heritage Centre. Mr Clive & Audrey Morrison, Mr Bill Leaper and Mrs Jean Towers were hosted by Padre Stephen Radley, Flight Lieutenant Debbie Carr and Corporal Andy Robinson.
On the night of 9th May 1941 the Ravens’ club was hit and badly damaged by one of 6 bombs dropped by a German plane. Another bomb struck an air raid shelter, causing the deaths of 4 RAF personnel and a number of NAAFI workers. The manageress, Mrs Constance Raven, was also killed. The club was quickly rebuilt and renamed in her memory.
The tour of the recently improved Heritage Centre proved an enjoyable walk down memory lane for Mr Clive Morrison, who served on the station during a long RAF career that began in 1952: “I found this tour very interesting, thanks for inviting me”.
The tour followed a commemorative concert at the rebuilt Waddington church on the 30th April, which was attended by 2 RAF Waddington uniformed personnel. The original church was also destroyed by an enemy air raid on the same night.