RAF Cottesmore Pass On Luftwaffe Bronzes
A historic collection of bronzes from RAF Cottesmore have been handed over to RAF Northolt.
The three bronze sculptures, retrieved from the Luftwaffe base at Fassberg in Germany on 16 April, 1945, by 122 Expeditionary Air Wing, comprise bronze heads of Luftwaffe Chief Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler as well as a soaring German eagle on a green marble base.
They were originally kept at RAF Bentley Priory for many years before being transferred to RAF Cottesmore in 2008. But due to the closure of Cottesmore, the bronzes have been transferred to RAF Northolt for eventual display in the Grade 1 listed Battle of Britain bunker at Uxbridge, which served as the HQ of No 11 Gp in the Battle of Britain.
RAF Cottesmore Media and Communications Officer Sqn Ldr Paula Willmot handed over the sculptures to the bunker curator Daniel Stirland at Northolt’s Sir Keith Park building, currently being restored as a Sector Ops room.
Sqn Ldr Willmot said “It is crucial that the small bits of our important RAF heritage are placed as close to context as possible and I can think of no better location than here”.
The Uxbridge Bunker is open to visits by appointment. Contact the curator on 01895 815400.