Bannial Flat Monument

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Reference WMO229660

Address:

Opposite Bannial Flat Farm entrance

Guisborough Road

Whitby

YO21 1SQ

England

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Status: Unknown
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other monument
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
  • Rock/Rough Stone Rock/Rough Stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Two eight sided stone columns with caps, taken from the washed away bridge at Sleights following the flooding of the Esk Valley during July 1930, are situated each side of the roundabout (A171/A169) opposite the entrance to Bannial Flatt Farm. The northern most pillar had a bronze plaque attached in June 1945, with an inscription, for which North Riding County Council accepted a tender of £3.10 shillings. It is believed the other pillar was installed with the intention of providing a plaque to commemorate the devastating floods of the Esk Valley in 1930, but was never progressed.
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'NRCC The first enemy aircraft to be shot down in England during the Second World War fell 80 yards opposite this tablet on 3rd February 1940.'

No names included, but the men in the plane were: Observer: Rudolf Leushake - killed instantly Mechanic/Ventral Gunner: Johann Meyer - mortally wounded Wireless Operative/Dorsal Gunner - Karl Missy- leg injuries Pilot: Hermann Wilms. The Heinkel 111 bomber was shot down by Flight Lieutenant Peter Townsend, Sergeant Jim Hallows and Flying Officer Patrick 'Tiger' Folkes, No 43 Squadron, in their Hurricane fighters. See 'Duel of Eagles' by Peter Townsend, 'Luftwaffe Over The North' by Bill Norman and 'First Eagle Down' by Steve Midwood for more information.

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