Memorial Plaque to crew of 578 Sqn Halifax LK794 LK-Q

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Reference WMO/264398


Carpenters Wood



OS Grid Ref: SU 84299 82805


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial in woods adjacent to A404 remembers six of the crew of 578 Sqn Halifax LK794 LK-Q killed when thei aircraft crashed near here on 18/07/44 The aircraft had departed Burn along with 20 other Halifax's aircraft of 578 Sqn ordered to attack enemy gun positions in France. As their formation approached Oxford, the Starboard Inner engine of Halifax LW794 LK-Q caught fire. All attempts to deal with the blaze were unsuccessful and the captain ordered the crew to bail out. Tragically only the Rear Gunner managed to do so before, in full view of the rest of the Sqn, the aircraft rolled on to its back and dived vertically into the ground. Carrying a full bomb load the aircraft exploded with such force that no trace of the six remaining crew were ever found. They are now remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. By an ironic twist of fate, the crew had actually completed their tour of 30 Ops but volunteered to do one more sortie This site is also an official war grave
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