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Memorial for fallen airmen

Memorial service at St Mary's Church, Thornborough, held for four WWII bomber crew who died in a Wellington on a training flight in 1943. Pictured Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry saluting the memorial.

Memorial service at St Mary's Church, Thornborough, held for four WWII bomber crew who died in a Wellington on a training flight in 1943. Pictured Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry saluting the memorial.

Thornborough’s first memorial service for four RAF airmen that died in a Wellington Bomber crash in the village 70 years ago took place on Saturday.

The service was attended by more than 80 people, including the Hodges family, whose farm it was that the aircraft crashed into, as well as descendants of the airmen and representatives from both the Australian and New Zealand Air Forces.

Flight Sergeant Kenneth Guilfoyle Tucker, from New Zealand, Flight Sergeant Alexander Migner, from Australia, and Sergeant Alfred Arthur Sadler and Sergeant John Edward Lane, both from the UK, were killed when their ‘plane crashed shortly after taking off from RAF Little Horwood.

Iris Noakes, Sgt Sadler’s niece, brought photographs of her uncle and his last letter to his family before the fateful crash.

A plaque has been installed with all four airmen’s names on.

 

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