Posted by Joe Raine at 30/08/2021 10:36:30
This striking resin plaque was one of many awarded to towns and cities across the UK after Wings for Victory Week, which ran from the 1st to the 8th of May 1943. Districts within every county were given fund-raising targets and told how many aircraft their funds would build. If the goal was reached the Air Ministry acknowledged their success with one of these plaques. The three dots and a dash design under the relief is modeled on the Morse code for the letter ‘V’, symbolising victory.
We believe this plaque was presented to the Borough of Poole and it wasn’t the Borough’s first successful campaign on behalf of the RAF. The townspeople had previously raised money, about £5000, for a Mark I Spitfire (R7126) that had been named Villae de Poole which made its first flight in February 1941. The aircraft served with an operational training unit but would tragically crash in a snowstorm near Chester in December 1941 killing its pilot and writing off the plane.