This sculpture is dedicated to the 158 Royal Air Force squadron, which served from the Lissett Airfield, now the site of Novara’s 30MW Lissett wind farm. It was designed and constructed by local artist Peter Naylor, who won a competition held by Novara and the 158 Squadron Association. His vision for the memorial was for a group of seven figures representing a bomber crew, [the typical size of most WWII Bomber crews] with the seven rings in the 158 Squadron badge, and the seven figures supporting each other reinforcing the Squadron motto, “Strength in Unity”.
The squadron formed in February 1942 and moved to Lissett, the nearest Yorkshire aerodrome to Germany, in February 1943, flying the Handley Page Halifax. 158 Squadron lost the eerily coincidental number of 851 personnel, which are all engraved on the seven figures.
Adrian Hammond, Secretary of the 158 Squadron Association said: “The unveiling was a landmark event for RAF 158 Squadron bomber command, and I hope this is the first of many memorials honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II. The men and women who served at Lissett Airfield played a vital role and I am delighted that Novara has undertaken to provide a fitting memorial for them. Lissett Airfield is now again making an important contribution by fighting climate change. It’s great to have propellers back at Lissett.”
This image brings together groups of turbines as well as the bomber crew along with the 158 Squadron badge