No. 35 Squadron (Offord Cluny)

  • Memorial to: No. 35 Squadron
  • Memorial Location: All Saints, Offord Cluny, Cambridgeshire
  • Installation Date: 15th November 1998

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The Memorial Chapel at All Saints, Offord Cluny (which is close to the squadron’s wartime airfield at RAF Graveley) includes:

  • A Memorial Window
  • No. 35 Squadron Standard
  • No. 35 Squadron Roll of Honour
  • A framed history of No. 35 Squadron
  • Framed portraits of JH Marks and DFEC Dean
  • A picture [with inscription] of the Air Force Memorial Runnymede
  • A signed print from the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society

The Memorial Window

In 1997, the 35 / 635 Association embarked on its most ambitious project which was the installation of a commemorative stained glass window at All Saints Church, Offord Cluny (close to the wartime airfield at RAF Graveley).

After lengthy discussions on an acceptable design, the window was finally commissioned, with the £5500 cost being met from donations made by Association members and other families associated with the two squadrons.

The artist, Gordon Monaghan, completed the work and the window was installed and unveiled at a dedication service on 15th November 1998.

The central window depicts the RAF eagle along with the badge of No. 35 Squadron. It includes a dove of peace above a Handley Page Halifax and an inscription which reads:

“Remember before God all those airmen and airwomen who served with 35 Squadron RAF Graveley 1939 – 1945”

The windows on either side of the central window depict the local parishes of Offord Darcy and Offord Cluny.

Finally, the flames that run across the bottom of the window represent the flames of the FIDO system, which was utilised at RAF Graveley to enable take off and landing in foggy conditions.

The three windows are also inscribed with extracts from Psalm 78 (and in the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with the light of fire) and Psalm 139 (if I take the wings of the morning and remain in the uttermost part of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me)

No. 35 Squadron Standard

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In 1999, the 35 / 635 Squadron Association (which disbanded in 2003) obtained permission for the standard to be removed from RAF Cranwell so that it could be held “in perpetuity” at All Saints Church, Offord Cluny.

A formal laying up ceremony was held on 26th June 1999 and the standard has hung proudly at the church ever since.

No. 35 Squadron Roll of Honour

During the 1990s, the 35 / 635 Squadron Association produced a leather bound Roll of Honour containing the names of all those that lost their lives with No. 35 Squadron between 1939 and 1945.

The book is on display in a specially built wooden cabinet in All Saints, Offord Cluny

A picture [with inscription] of the Air Force Memorial Runnymede

The 1989 35/635 Association magazine Glimlamp contains the following information regarding the picture:

Group Captain ‘Dixie Dean’ kindly presented to the Reverend Peter Taylor a memorial picture of the Runneymede Memorial, to be hung in All Saints, Offord in memory of those who lost their lives on Active Service.

The inscription reads: