Memorial Details

NEWMP Memorial Image
Photo: John Dixon


Picture Jaye 1943 Grammar School





Map ref

NZ 071376

Original Location

Wolsingham Grammar School. In School hall, Lower School site.

Present Location

The school is now a Community College.

Which war


Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Dedicated 11th November 1998

Memorial Description

Printed copy of painting of “Operation Chastise”, by John Lander, and autographed by him, behind glass in a narrow plain wood frame. The dedication is below the picture, with the RAF badge on each side.

Materials used

Commercially produced print in wood frame.


This print was presented to Wolsingham School by John Larder, Aviation Artist,
In memory of a former pupil of Wolsingham Grammar School, Tom Jaye. Tom flew with
the Dambusters and was killed on the raid, and was remembered at the
re-dedication of the Memorial Oaks on Wednesday 11th November 1998.


See above.

Sculptor, Artist or Designer

John Larder.

Ownership and maintenance

Wolsingham Community College/Durham County Education Committee.


1. This may well have been moved as the picture is not fixed to, or hung on, the wall – it is just leaning against one of the window frames on the north wall of the hall.

2. Sgt. Jaye was serving with 617 Squadron. He was a crew member of Lancaster III ED887 AJ-S which took off from Scampton on Operation Chastise (Dam Busters Raid). The aircraft strayed off course and was hit by flak over Holland. All the crew died.

3. Sgt. Jaye is remembered at Crook on C121.04, C121.06 and C121.16

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photo: John and Mavis Dixon

Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: 1943; W.R. Chorley; 1996; Midland Counties Publications; ISBN 0 904597 90 3

External web link

Research acknowledgements

Alan Jacomb; Ian Barker; John and Mavis Dixon

Research In Progress

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Picture Jaye 1943 Grammar School (W128.10)

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