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Plan to name new Fradley roads after men and women who served at former RAF Lichfield base

The RAF Lichfield memorial in Fradley. Pic: Steve Lightfoot
The RAF Lichfield memorial in Fradley. Pic: Steve Lightfoot

New roads in Fradley could be named after men and women who served at the former RAF Lichfield base during the Second World War.

The suggestion was made by Fradley and Streethay Parish Council with Lichfield District Council now seeking the relatives of pilots, navigators, rear gunners and mechanics on the list of suggested names:

  • Don Charlwood – RAAF navigator
  • GL Dowling – RAAF pilot
  • Gordon Mellor – RAF evader
  • Rollo Sharpe – rear gunner
  • Kay Sayles – female mechanic
  • Lettice Curtis, Joan Mary Allen and Diana Barnato Walker – women of ATA who flew planes into Fradley
  • TJ Clayton, CP Luther, ES Newell – died in training accidents
  • GA Dale, F Lupton, RH Chapman, A Easton, RA Hatfield – lost in action

Councillor Andy Smith, Cabinet member for customer service and innovation at Lichfield District Council, said: “I am pleased that we are able to honour the contribution of the personnel at the former RAF base in Fradley in this way.

“Their names will serve as a reminder of the debt we owe them and will be a lasting memorial to their work and bravery.

“As part of the process we need to give their relatives the opportunity to approve the use of the names.

“So, if you are a descendant of any of the men or women, please get in touch with us to tell us if you give your consent.”

Relatives can contact Lichfield District Council by emailing addresses@lichfielddc.gov.uk or calling 01543 308763 by 5pm on 19th August.

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