Service for RAF men who died in aeroplane crash

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Thornborough is to hold a memorial service for four RAF airmen that died in a Wellington Bomber crash in the village 70 years ago.

On December 30, 1943, 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 aeroplane crashed in a field just off the A421 after taking off from RAF Little Horwood.

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Pastoral care worker at Thornborough Chapel, Katy Morris, has been trying to find representatives from the airmen’s families to attend the memorial which is being held at the parish church on November 30, from 2pm.

It is hoped nieces and nephews of Sgt Sadler will be able to attend.

An Australian Embassy ambassador will be present, with Buckingham mayor Ruth Newell, Winslow Royal British Legion and the Buckingham Army Cadets. Mrs Morris said: “It turned out there was no record of a memorial service for the four soldiers, so we contacted the parish council who were behind the idea of starting one.

“I have an interest in family history and these men, two of whom aren’t even from this country, gave up their lives in service. It seems right their names be recorded for their selflessness.”

After the service there will be an afternoon tea, and it is proposed that a plaque be produced with the airmen’s names.