Silverstone - Northants
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 52° 05.172 W 001° 01.506
30U E 635310 N 5772465
Quick Description: This Iconic Village sign doubles as a War Memorial. This is situated at the cross roads in the village of Silverstone, in Northants. The sign shows racing cars and commemorates 60 years of racing at the circuit.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/3/2010 2:45:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMA1ZZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
Views: 11

Long Description:
The signs shows the history of Motor racing and a plane also a stag from the nearby Forests.

The Memorial is on the bottom half of a carved Sign to the Town of Silverstone.

inscription: at Base of Sign
REMEMBERING
17 OPERATIONAL
TRAINING UNIT
SILVERSTONE AIRFIELD
1943- 1946


17 OTU, Operational Training Unit, was responsible for training bomber crews and making raids into occupied Europe.
By June 1943 54 Wellington Bombers were stationed at Silverstone. Training was mainly for night bomber raids.
Within the first twelve months 36 crashes are recorded with the loss of 124 killed.
In subsequent years many more were lost during training and operations over Europe and today we honour former airmen of 17 OTU.
The RAF base was closed in 1946 and sold by the MOD in 1947.
Without the wartime airfield we should never have had the racetrack.
Sign Date: 1/1/2008

Occasion Commemorated: 60 years of Racing at Silverstone Circuit

Location: Cross roads in Silverstone on the Dadford Road

Plaque: no

Construction Material: Carved wooden sign with wooden post and concrete base

Artist: not listed

Web Address: [Web Link]

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