A squadron of RAF Air Cadets have given a new home to a memorial that was dumped in a skip.

The memorial to Flt Lt Ronald Crooks was found dumped in a skip by estate agent Hannah Lane after the closure of the local branch building of the Royal British Legion in Kings Heath.

Horrified, Hannah tried to find a new home for the memorial but despite contacting various groups and museums no-one was interested.

The memorial was to Flt Lt Ronald Crooks who had the idea to make a tapestry depicting the Battle of Britain based on the stained-glass window in Westminster Abbey.

The story was seen by the Chaplain of the local RAF Air Cadets, 493 (Kings Heath and Moseley) who took the idea of providing a lasting home for the memorial to Officer Commanding the squadron Flt Lt Jo Coles.

RAF Plaque Ceremony

Flt Lt Coles said: “As the story was of a local man who had served in the RAF we were keen to offer the memorial a new home at the squadron’s headquarters on Haunch Lane, Kings Heath. Great We also want to know more about this local man who would otherwise have been forgotten”.

The idea was supported by Hannah and by the nearest branch of the Royal British Legion. The search is now underway to find out more about Flt Lt Crooks and about the tapestry.

The memorial was rededicated and unveiled in its new home on Sunday 7th July by Steve McCabe MP and Wing Commander Iles, Officer Commanding Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing RAF Air Cadets.


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