by local historian CHRIS WISEMAN
Just about two years ago I visited Clyst Honiton church as part of my history research into war graves and memorials in the surrounding area. I was shocked to see that the closest church to Exeter Airport had no memorial in honour of all those who served at the former Fighter Station known as RAF Exeter between 1940-1945. In fact, there was no reference to the Second World War whatsoever.
I didn’t rest easy with this knowledge and took it upon myself to approach the Parish Council. I applied to the Exeter Diocese to have a memorial plaque inside the church and started the process of application. Finally after a lot of patience and hard work, I’m happy and proud to say that a small wooden memorial plaque was fitted to the North Eastern wall of the church just in time for the Remembrance Service in 2019.
With no funding for this project to-date, my own money was used to pay for the application and the plaque. A small price to pay in comparison to the many service men and women who served at Exeter’s RAF Fighter Station. Lest We Forget