York Minster Memorial To The Groupes Lourds French Bomber Squadrons In Ww2

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YORK MINSTER - Memorial to the Groupes Lourds - French Bomber Squadrons in WW2

Date: 8th March 2012

YORK MINSTER – Memorial to the Groupes Lourds – Guyenne and Tunisie French Squadrons based at Elvington during WW2.

As I had a long drive ahead of me, our visit to York Minster was brief. What an imposing edifice. Can’t wait to have time for a more comprehensive visit.

York Minster is very different from Canterbury Cathedral – apart from it being a Minster but it is imposing in a different way. In one way they are very similar – covered in scaffolding. The work of maintaining buildings of this age and size is an ever ongoing task. And, of course, that task was badly exacerbated in 1984 when the South Transept Roof caught fire – it is thought it was struck by lightning but cynics consider it was ‘divine intervention’ following the installation of controversial clergyman the Rt. Rev. David Jenkins as Bishop of Durham!!!
(Of course the fire blazed away fed by the old oak roof and the lead – just like the roof in the Quire of Canterbury Cathedral in 1174, two years after Becket’s murder. That one was started by burning thatch blown by the wind from the roof of a burning house. Later a law was passed making it illegal to have a thatched roof within a certain distance of the Cathedral.)

The Groupes Lourds Memorial dedicated in November is situated behind the very imposing RAF Memorial.

As you know I can only put one photo into the Blog. So here is the French Memorial and I’ll put photos of the RAF one into the Gallery.

Till next time, Jan.

YORK MINSTER - Memorial to the Groupes Lourds - French Bomber Squadrons in WW2

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