2 Dec 2015

Newcastle International Airport unveils plaque to commemorate wartime role

02-12-15

Newcastle International Airport has continued its 80th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those who served at Royal Air Force Woolsington during 1939 to 1945.

The Airport was requisitioned as an auxiliary wartime base for the RAF during the Second World War before it was handed back in 1946.

Operations Director Richard Knight OBE, a former wing commander in the RAF who served for 27 years, was joined by Air Commodore Ian Forster, President of the Royal Air Force Newcastle branch and Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham to unveil the plaque, which is located in the terminal before security. 

Speaking at the event, Richard said: “We will never forget those who served and fought for our freedom during the Second World War.  I am delighted to house such a prestigious plaque that marks those who served at RAF Woolsington during such an important period of our history.”

Air Commodore Ian Forster, added: “We are all one big family who will never forget our old air force personnel both past and present.

“This plaque commemorates those who served at RAF Woolsington, but I think we should remember all the RAF servicemen and women from Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas.

“Proudly and thankfully we will remember them.”

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham, said: “This is a fitting tribute to all those connected to RAF Woolsington and I would like to give credit to both Newcastle International Airport and the Newcastle upon Tyne branch of the Royal Air Force Association in coming together to mark this special period.”