Completion Date: 2013
Location: Tempsford, Bedfordshire
Material: White Carrara marble and Honed Black Granite
Detail: Marble column with blue glass mosaic disc and cut and painted silver letters, on Honed Black Granite splayed base with cut and painted white letters.
In early 2013, we were honoured to be asked to create a memorial to commemorate the female secret agents who flew from RAF Tempsford during the Second World War.
The finished monument was unveiled by the His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in December 2013, during a ceremony in Tempsford, Bedfordshire.
Commisioned by the Tempsford Memorial Trust, the memorial is an acknowledgement of the tremendous debt that the country owes these remarkable women, who were parachuted into Europe, often behind enemy lines, to carry out secret and dangerous missions.
The monument comprises a White Carrara marble column, the face of which features a blue glass mosaic disc depicting a white dove flying beneath a full moon, along with an inscription. The sides of the marble column also features inscriptions of 75 names of known women agents.
The column is set on a honed black granite plinth, with further inscriptions to honour the men and women of the two special duties squadrons stationed at RAF Tempsford and those of the secret services of the allied nations who gave up their lives in the clandestine struggle for freedom and liberty.