Crew of Wellington Bomber LN482.

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Reference WMO/259136


St. Peter & St. Paul's Church

Church Street





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Trophy/Relic
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Restored single propeller blade, bent in places, supported by a flat-topped pyramid-styled square wooden base. Painted inscription. Names of crew engraved onto a board-mounted brass plaque fixed to the lower half of propeller blade. New Zealand and Union flags stand outwards to either side of the propeller. 11 OTU Wellington LN483 OP-B had departed Oakley at 1255 on 05/04/44 for a routine Cross-Country training flight. The aircraft lost control whilst flying in cloud and suffered an engine fire, followed by in-flight structural failure before it ultimately crashed at Poplars Farm, Rothersthorpe, close to the village church. One of its propeller blades now forms the centrepiece of the memorial
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Propeller blade : In memory of / the 6 crew members / of / Wellington Bomber 482 / of 11 OTU / Which crashed near the Church / 5th April 1944 Plaque attached to lower half of propeller blade : (6 NAMES) / LEST WE FORGET

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