Creswell Crags – Wellington Bomber Memorial

On Saturday 21st May 2011 at 10:30 there will be an unveiling of a memorial to commemorate the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) who died when their Wellington Bomber crashed in a field near Hennymoor Farm close to the Crags.

The Wellington bomber had taken off from RAF Gamston as part of a routine training exercise, and went down after the failure of it’s starboard engine and shortly after the port engine.

The memorial commemorates the lives of the men of the RCAF:

  • Navigator Lowell M Brehaut P.O., Aged 21
  • Wireless Operator/Air Gunner James R Clarke Sgt., Aged 20
  • Bomb Aimer Walter W Cooper F.O., Aged 32
  • Bomb Aimer John L Lee Sgt., Aged 19
  • Pilot Willis D Murdie W.O.1, Aged 26

It also commemorates the life of RAF Pilot Officer Herbert Sydney Keeton of Creswell who was shot down in his fighter over the North Sea.

As part of the ceremony the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster bomber will be doing a fly-past as there are no flying Wellington Bombers any more.


Unfortunately the fly-past could not take place due to the high winds, but none-the-less it was a great occasion with the locally carved stone memorial being unveiled to the families of those that died and the Canadian High Commissioner.

If you are a member of one of the families and would like a copy of any of the above photos, or a complete set of photos from the ceremony then please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to provide a copy to you.

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  1. As a young lad of 9 staying with my grandparents in Creswell, I witnessed the crash from a bus from Worksop that had to reverse back into the A60 upon seeing headlights from the aircraft approaching. Some men ran to the scene from the bus to offer help and the bus continued to the next telephone box to call the emergency services, but we heard the next day that there were no survivors. I have remembered this all my life and great credit is due to the people who have made this memorial happen so that future generations will learn of the sacrifice that others, thousands of miles from their homes, have made in order to fight for this country.

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