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617 Squadron RAF - Painting


Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial painting commemorating 617 Squadron RAF at Bamford.
Setting Memorial Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Last known location:
St John the Baptist's Church
Main Rd (A6013)
Nearest postcode:
S33 0AY

SK 20759 83375
(From online digital mapping.)
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Location details:
The memorial is on the south wall of the nave.
Overall type: Painting.

Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


A framed and glazed watercolour painting accompanied by a framed and glazed caption. The painting is of an Avro Lancaster bomber banking over Derwent Reservoir with the Howden Dam in the background, and is signed T G Watson. The caption is in black calligraphy and both frames are of plain moulding.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Watercolour Paper 230 370 - Fair
Frame Wood, card, glass 410 530 10 Fair
Caption Card 85 170 - Fair
Frame Wood, glass 115 200 10 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Bottom right of painting:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War
Action Attack on the Ruhr Dams
(Operation Chastise)
(16–17 May 1943)
Number died 0 0
Number served
and returned
0 0
Total names 0 0
T. G. Watson '80:
This Picture was presented to Bamford
Parish Church by 617 Squadron, RAF
on the occasion of the Squadron's disbandment
in 1982. It marks the fact that the Church
was used as a turning-point by members of
the Squadron during their practice runs over
the Derwent Dams in rehearsal for the Great
Dams Raid of 1943.
Custodian: Presumed to be the parochial church council.

Local authorities:
From WW2: Bamford Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Bamford and Thornhill Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
17th April, 1951: The church lies within the Peak District National Park designated on that date.

21 April 1967: The church was listed Grade II*, Heritage List for England number 1087859.

1980: The picture was painted by T G Watson.

1982: The picture was presented to the Church by 617 Squadron.

9th April, 2014: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition and cared for.
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