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About RAF Downham Market

The Memorial

Master Craftsman and Stonemason Mark Oliver is the Stonemason whose expertise in design and production using Traditional and Modern techniques of stonemasonry has been commissioned to produce the RAF Downham Market Losses Memorial

 

Mark Oliver is the Managing Director and Founder of Fenland Stoneworks Ltd a family operated company of Stone Masons founded 33 years ago.  Fenland Stoneworks Ltd is situated in the village of Yaxley to the south of Peterborough. Visit Fenland Stoneworks Ltd at at www.fenland-stoneworks.co.uk

 

Fenland Stoneworks Ltd offers an unrivalled personal, professional service specialising in the production of high quality bespoke memorials in conjunction with carrying out building and church renovations and all aspects of stonework producing high quality stone fireplaces, kitchen worktops and bathrooms.

Mark completed his apprenticeship in 1984 earning a City & Guilds Qualification in Masonry and Lettering.  Mark from an early age helped his father a Master Builder in his own right in the family company.  The love of working with stone was to develop and become a life-long passion developing an attention to detail which is second to none, Mark artistically and expertly works with all types of stone using the natural beauty of the stone to its best advantage. 

 

Within his portfolio Mark has previously used his expertise in design and craftsmanship to produce a memorial dedicated to the memory of the servicemen and women serving from RAF Mildenhall.  Mark has and continues to personally renovate War Memorials from both the first and second World Wars, he is currently working upon a memorial in conjunction with the Great Fen to commemorate the Spitfire Pilot Harold Penketh whose Spitfire Mark 1 crashed near the village of Holme near Yaxley. The raising of Harold Penketh’s Spitfire was featured in November 2015 in an episode of the BBC Country File programme. Mark a member and trustee of the Fenland Trust has been commissioned to produce a series of high profile ‘Blue Plaques’ for the Trusts Heritage Trail.

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The Memorial will be produced in high quality best black granite selected by Mark and worked by him to the truly impressive unique design inspired by the planes flown from RAF Downham Market. The memorial will commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of those aircrews who failed to return.  

 

The RAF Downham Market Memorial Trust acknowledges this exceptional project is one of a kind, and it is indebted to Mark for all his many hours of hard work designing and producing the memorial ensuring the project will reach fruition the Trust needs your help in achieving their goal, and invites you to  give a donation big or small or by sponsoring the inscribing of a crew members name or complete crew just click on the link and follow the simple instructions.

 

Contact us for further information or to give us details of your family members who flew from RAF Downham Market 1942 - 1945

Located in the county of West-Norfolk, England, RAF Downham Market was an important tactical Second World War bomber station, during July 1942 to March 1944, RAF Downham Market came under the administration of 3 Group Bomber Command.

 

The first of three front line 3 Group squadrons to be stationed there was 218 Gold Coast Squadron who moved into the newly built station during early July 1942 remaining until early March 1944.

 

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