630 Squadron was formed on 15th November 1943, at East
Kirkby (codename Silksheen), near Spilsby,
, and remained based there throughout its existence. Equipped with
, it formed part of No. 5 Group and between 18/19th November 1943 and
25th April 1945, took part in many major raids, including each of the 16
big raids made by Bomber Command on the German capital during what
became known as the "Battle of Berlin".
I lie here, still, beside the hill
Abandoned long to Nature’s will.
My buildings down.
My people gone.
My only bounds, the wild bird’s
But my mighty birds will rise no
No more I hear the Merlins roar.
And never now my bosom feels
The pounding of their giant
From the ageless hill their voices
Thunderous echoes of the past.
And still in lonely reverie
Their great dark wings sweep down
Laughter, sorrow, hope and pain,
I shall never know these things
Emotions that I came to know
Of strange young men so long ago.
Who knows as evening shadows meet
Are they with me still, a phantom
And do my ghosts still stride
Across my face so wide and green?
And in the future should
Bury me beyond recall
I shall still remember them,
My metal birds, and long-dead men.
Now weeds grow high, obscure the
O remember me when you pass by.
For beneath this tangled, leafy
I was your home, your friend “Silksheen”.
poem contributed by Freda Carnell