Wellington X HE 324 Crash

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Reference WMO256651

Address:

Roadside

Horwood, Devon

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Drinking fountain
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A vertical square tablet with the RAF badge in the top right corner and black lettering. On 18th September, 1943 a Wellington bomber, X HE 324, was on a training exercise from its base at RAF Silverstone, Northamptonshire. The plane was seen to be on fire as it passed over Lovacott and then East Barton, crashing in flames in the field behind the memorial. All six aircrew perished. (See Names Tab.) The memorial was dedicated in September 2013 after much research to identify and notify surviving relatives of the six victim.
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TO COMMEMORATE THE SIX / BRAVE AIRMEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / WHEN WELLINGTON X HE 324 / CRASHED IN THIS FIELD / BEHIND THIS STONE / ON SEPTEMBER 18TH 1943 // (6 names)

Flight Sergeant ‘Norm’ Dunn, 25, RAAF - from West Leederville, Perth, Australia. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon. Sergeant Johnnie Donnachie, 21, RAFVR - from Wishaw, Scotland. Buried at Wishaw. Pilot Officer Hiram Farrer, 26, RCAF - from Rainy River, Canada. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon. Sergeant Raymond Dolling, 21, RAFVR - from Llanelli, Wales. Buried at Llanelli. Sergeant James Hallam, 18, RAFVR - from Beeston, Nottingham. Buried at Beeston. Sergeant Henry ‘Arthur’ Newnham, 21, RAAF - from Delungra, New South Wales, Australia. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon.

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