The design, manufacture and installation of the Monument as it exists today, required months of effort by Ozzie and Vic. Some of the many people involved were the Planning Authorities, stone masons, Peter Hindmarch for designs and plans, Percy Knife for mapping, Les and Marge Elder, the then owners of the Woodman and Barry Tyler for the final landscaping at the Memorial site. Although there was great happiness with the final creation of the Memorial, there was sadness in the death of Herman Hager, who had contributed so much, before the project was completed.
The 398th Memorial Momument was dedicated on September 21, 1982 by the first of many well organized and enthusiastic 398th reunion returns to old base area. It was a magnificent event, well attended by veteran 398ers and their families and with many English friends. Interestingly, the dedication service was seriously interrupted by a rare and mysterious windstorm (Hell from Heaven), but was also highlighted by a fly over by the Sally B, the B-17 from Duxford. The 398th Memorial Association is so very proud to have this magnificent monument right there at the old base to signify its combat history. In the years since 1982, many more English Friends and hundreds of 398ers have appreciated and taken up the spirit that this Memorial represents. We owe these great friends so very much, but we will not forget Malcolm (Ozzie) Osborn and Vic Jenkins and what they accomplished for us.
Randy Stange, 398th member and son of 398th veteran Raymond P. Stange, took the above photograph in June 2002. Text Contributed by Wally Blackwell, President 398th Bomb Group Memorial Association. If you would like to add information about this photo, please contact our 398th Photo Historian. The Photo Reference Number is PR06.