IX(B) SQUADRON MEMORIAL DESIGN – PHYSICAL AND THEORETICAL DESCRIPTION
The monument features 3 colours, as follows:
Polished brown granite derived from the Khaki of the Royal Flying Corps and also represents the trenches of the fields of France.
Polished green granite derived from the Squadron’s crest.
Polished solid sandstone derived from the Squadron’s history to signify that the Squadron has always been land-based.
The monument’s shapes are derived as follows:
The square footprint represents the camera plate used in WWI reconnaissance.
The triangle represents the Geodetics used for navigation, the Wellington’s airframe and the bracing wire of the early pioneers
The 4-sided prism represents the bomb-sight of the Lancaster.
The monument’s 42 degree design angle is the travel sweep of the Tornado wing.
The monument’s orientation is as follows:
Side 1 – The WW2 panel will be North facing, so not directly lit by the sun (WW2 night ops).
Side 2 – The contemporary panel will be East facing (Middle East) and lit by the rising sun.
Side 3 – The WWI panel will be West facing (western front) and lit by the evening sun.
Side 4 – The Dedication panel will be south facing, so lit by the sun during the day.
The engravings, which will be reverse engraved, as follows:
The WW2 face on polished brown granite with King’s Crown IX Squadron crest.
The contemporary face on polished brown granite with Queen’s Crown IX Squadron crest.
The WWI face on polished brown granite with RFC crest.
The Dedication face: on polished brown granite with RAF crest; and on the Green Granite is a large Queens IX Squadron Badge.