Creswell Crags to unveil memorial to Canadian Wellington Bomber crew lost in 1944

By Culture24 Staff | 16 May 2011
a photo of a Wellington Bomber airborne
The Vickers Wellington
The Canadian High Commissioner will be paying a special visit to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire on Saturday (May 21 2011) for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a memorial stone for five Canadian aircrew killed when their Wellington Bomber crashed nearby 67 years ago.

On August 4 1944, Vickers Wellington HE 821 took off with its crew on a training flight from RAF Gamston.

On the way back to base the plane ran out of fuel, causing a catastrophic engine failure. Despite the efforts of the pilot, it span out of control, crashing into a field near the village of Creswell.

The event was witnessed by local schoolboy Gerald Plant, whose brother Joseph has left money in his will to create a lasting memory of the airmen by erecting a memorial stone.

“We have been working hard to fulfil the wishes of my late brother,” says Plant. “All of the Canadian relatives of the airmen have been contacted and at least 20 relatives are due to travel to Britain for the event."

The relatives will also visit the graves of the airmen at Harrogate Cemetery and Gamston airfield, where the crew flew from.

The ceremony at Creswell Crags takes place at 10.55am and will be concluded by a Lancaster Bomber fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 1.50 pm.

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