Tribute to Wellington R3236

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Reference WMO259339

Address:

St George's Church

Crown Street

Methwold

IP26 4NR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Framed
Materials:
  • Flora and Fauna Flora and Fauna (any)
  • Glass Glass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Other
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Paper memorial in wooden frame under glass. Typed dedication plus oak leaves and photographs.
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A Tribute to Wellington R3236 and the people of Jever, Germany. In the early hours of the 7th July 1940, Wellington R3236 was returning from an attempted bombing raid on Bremen in atrocious weather conditions. Its fate was sealed when if flew into the military defence at Jever Airfield, which was on high alert and on stand-by for an imminent attack.Flying very low and losing height, the aircraft crashed in flames into the ancient Upjever oak forest at high speed, near to some isolated cottages. The massive crash-fire was attended by local German air force firemen and all five crew members on board the Wellington perished. As an act of Remembrance and Reconciliation, the Lindsay, Ball and Waterfall families would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the people and the then Elders of Jever, for the dignity with which they honoured our lost loved ones all those years ago, at a time when our nations were at war. We aslo remember Sgt. A. Aitken and Sgt. A. Glen, whose families have not yet been traced. The crash-fire burnt a large clearing in Upjever Forest, which was later re-planted with Douglas fir trees. The oak leaves above were gathered there. Recently, five English yew trees have been planted on the crash-site as a discreet memorial to those young airmen, who lost their lives on the same spot. The crew were buried in Jever Cemetery on the 9th July 1940 with full military honours. In 1947 they were moved to Sage War Cemetery, Niedersachsen near Oldenburg, Germany where they still lay.

F/O D.W. Lindsay, Sgt. A. Aitken, P/O R.A.A. Ball, Sgt. A. Glen, Sgt. J.H. Waterfall D.F.M.

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