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.