SX4753 : RAF Memorial, The Hoe

taken 9 months ago, near to Plymouth, Great Britain

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RAF Memorial, The Hoe
RAF Memorial, The Hoe
Commonwealth and Allied Airforce Memorial, The Hoe
This memorial, unveiled in 1989, and dedicated to all Commonwealth and Allied airmen of WW2, is stated to be the only international airmen's memorial in the world. On one side is a steel plaque with 'The Airman's Prayer' by Flight Sergeant Observer Hugh Brodie of 460 Squadron RAAF:

"Almighty and all-present Power,
Short is the prayer I make to Thee,
I do not ask in battle hour
For any shield to cover me.

The vast unalterable way
From which the stars do not depart
May not be turned aside to stay
The bullet flying to my heart.

I ask no help to strike my foe,
I seek no petty victory here,
The enemy I hate, I know
To Thee is also dear.

But this I pray, be at my side
When death is drawing through the sky,
Almighty God, who also died
Teach me the way that I should die".

Tragically, FS Brodie, a teacher in peace time, was killed on 2 June 1942 when his Wellington bomber was shot down near Düsseldorf. Amongst his personal effects was the above poem.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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The Hoe
Plymouth Hoe, referred to locally as the Hoe or Hoe park is a large south facing open public space in Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word Hoe, a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot and heel.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 19 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 15 February, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4779 5389 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.9106N 4:8.4891W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4778 5389
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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