But a permanent commemoration for the squadron with three historical items placed at the entrance to the station, including a recently refurbished armoured vehicle, will now be installed.
The seven tonne CVR(T) Spartan, supported by a concrete plinth, will be joined by 9,540lbs of inert bombs and the 500kg WO Tomiczek Memorial Stone, according to plans submitted by the station.
The application submitted to Peterborough City Council added: “As an essential part of 5131 (BD) Sqn’s drawdown plan, a suitably fitting and appropriate area is required to relocate three key RAF bomb disposal historical items.
“The Chater Road entrance to RAF Wittering has been scoped as the preferred area and, if permitted, would provide an ideal location in which the items could be rightly viewed and remembered by all.”
The council has now approved the application.