[page last updated 14 May 2015]
MEMORIALS at Manchester's Ringway Airport & at Tatton Park, Cheshire
Manchester Airport memorial garden is located on a traffic island adjacent to the ramp up to Terminal 1 departures. It is not easy to access on foot, and requires negotiating your way across traffic lanes to get to it.
Access is from Terminals 1 and 3, across the road from the covered walk way between the two terminals, therefore you can park at either Terminal's short term car park. The memorial park contains several memorials including the three pictured here. The memorial park is in good condition, but at time of writing, the Para memorials are sadly in need of some TLC.
Double Click on the Photo to see it Full Size.......Inscription Reads:-
This Stone Commemorates
the Formation of
THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
[IN 1940 (carved later)]
At the command of Winston Churchill
No.1 PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL
was founded at Ringway
leading to the establishment
of the Regiment in 1942
This Memorial is Dedicated
to the Officers and Men of
THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT
past and present and those of the
ALLIED AIRBORNE FORCES
who were trained at Ringway by the
ROYAL AIR FORCE
[The monument depicts a carved image of Bellerophon riding Pegasus,
also the symbols of the Parachute Regiment and the Royal Air Force.]
[Located next clockwise from the Parachute memorial.]
This stone commemorates the service,dedication and duty
shown by Officers and NCOs, men and women,
of the following organisations during the period 1940-1945
WOMEN'S AUXILIARY AIR FORCE
AIR TRANSPORT AUXILLIARY
number 14 Ferry Pool
SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
For training and operational duties
conducted from this airport
The topmost plaque displays the Polish Coat of Arms, The White Eagle wearing a crown
On the central plaque is the dedication:
No.1 PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL
THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE 6000
POLISH OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THE
1ST INDEPENDENT POLISH PARACHUTE BRIGADE
AND MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
WHO UNDERTOOK PARACHUTE TRAINING
TOGETHER WITH NATIONALS OF
BELGIUM, FRANCE, HOLLAND, AND NORWAY
AT RINGWAY MANCHESTER DURING WORLDWAR II
[roughly translated as 'For you Homeland']
The plaque displays the parachute symbol in the top left, and the diving eagle symbol in the top right
The plaque at the base of the memorial reads:
THE UNDER-MENTIONED HAVE DONATED TOWARDS THE POLISH PARACHUTE BRIGADE MEMORIAL STONE
NORTH WEST PARACHUTE REGIMENT ASSOCIATION
RMC ROADSTONE Ltd, DOVE HOLES
BELLS SCOTCH WHISKY
LOT POLISH AIRLINES
A great grand daughter of a Squadron member wanted to be in the photo.
[Too little to understand yet, but loved the flying horse on the giant stone.]
Tatton Park, near Knutsford, Cheshire was the landing zone for parachute training drops from aircraft.
Tatton is about 5 kms from Ringway's runway, and during WW2 there was a straightforward drive from the drop zone, along
Ashley Road back to the No.1 Parachute Training School at Ringway airport. In recent years a second runway has been built, as has the M56 motorway and the airport ring road to Wilmslow.
The memorial stone at Tatton is surrounded by a fence with a gate, to protect it from grazing deer. The memorial is in excellent condition and the area is very well looked after by the ground staff of Tatton. Benches have been placed close by to rest on and admire the views. Full credit to Tatton for preserving this historic area.
It is located on the edge of the drop zone on an elevated patch of land to the northwest of the landing zone area.
The quickest route to the memorial is via the Rostherne Road entrance to Tatton Park. The road runs right through the middle of Rostherne Village and straight to the Rostherne entrance to Tatton. Officially there is no car park or road access next to the memorial and access is on foot across rough ground from the main car parks at the Halls.
For anyone lacking the mobility for a sturdy walk across rough ground, please ask at the entrance gate for permission to use the access track that leads straight to the monument. It is the first track on the left as you drive in to the park from the Rostherne Road entrance. It is sign posted with 'no entry' symbols. The gate staff will inform the park rangers that you have a valid reason to use that track and it should save you from being moved on by the rangers. Do drive carefully and very slowly along this track, the area can be occupied by free roaming deer of all ages, some of whom sport very large antlers and are easily spooked by traffic. The track is not paved, but has sturdy enough gravel for family cars even in wet weather. Please don't use this track without permission. The basic entrance fee for the park is 5 pounds per vehicle, with extra costs for visiting the various halls, farms and other attractions within the park grounds, if you want to explore further. Segway tours are also available on selected days in high season.
The Tatton Park Memorial
under the emblem of the Parachute Regiment.
Inscription at the base of the memorial reads:
THROUGHOUT MOST OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
TATTON PARK WAS THE DROPPING ZONE FOR
No.1 PARACHUTE TRAINING SCHOOL, RINGWAY.
THIS STONE IS SET IN HONOUR OF
THOSE THOUSANDS, FROM MANY LANDS
WHO DESCENDED HERE IN THE COURSE OF
TRAINING, GIVEN OR RECEIVED, FOR
PARACHUTE SERVICE WITH THE ALLIED FORCES
IN EVERY THEATRE OF WAR.
The landing Zone (Tatton Old Hall is in the distant trees just to the left of the centre of the photo)
The new control tower of Manchester Airport is on the far left. Click photo twice to enlarge it.
Tatton deer grazing on the former parachute landing zone.
A dodgy panorama of the vast dropping zone, as it was in 2012
An early evening in late March 2012 at the memorial.
A drop over Tatton in 1943. (Click for the Gallery to see this image in detail)
(Image Copyright:The Bridgeford Family)
A film clip of Tatton Landing Zone in 2012. (Note: This links to an external website clip.)
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