Bomber Command heroes remembered at Lissett memorial service

The bomber boys at Lissett church, after 158 Squadron Bomber Command veterans hold their annual memorial service in the village.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   bfp123559f
The bomber boys at Lissett church, after 158 Squadron Bomber Command veterans hold their annual memorial service in the village. Picture by Andrew Higgins bfp123559f

VETERANS from 158 Squadron Bomber Command have made their annual visit to Lissett where a memorial service has been held to remember their fallen comrades.

On Sunday morning a service of remembrance was held at St James of Compostela Church, in Lissett, which was led by the Rev James Grainger-Smith.

The squadron was based at Lissett from 1943 until the end of the Second World War.

During the service the veterans, who had come from across the UK, Canada and Australia, paid tribute to the 851 members of the squadron who gave their lives during the war.

The previous night the veterans attended the Annual Squadron Dinner at the Expanse Hotel, in Bridlington, which was led by their president, squadron leader ‘Bluey’ Mottershead, who has received an MBE for his service to the association.

“It is always an honour to be involved in the Service of Remembrance at the churchyard in Lissett where we remember our comrades who did not return home. Each time I see the names on the memorial at Lissett Airfield I remember the people I knew.”

Following Sunday’s service the veterans returned to the Expanse Hotel for Sunday lunch.