Memorial Plaque to crew of 1668 HCU Lancaster LM619

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Reference WMO264968

Address:

Moor Drain

Off Church Lane

Westborough

Long Bennington

LATITUDE: 52.990407881134985 LONGITUDE: -0.7325520673892925

England

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Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Unknown
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: 1668 HCU Lancaster LM619 had departed Bottesford at 1820 on 15/01/45 for routine Night Bombing practise. After conducting an overshoot of the airfield, for reasons unknown, the aircraft crashed in a field on the edge of the tiny hamlet of Westbororough. The Rear Gunner was the only survivor. The memorial faces the field in which the aircraft crashed (shown in last image) The enquiry blamed loss of control in a combination of haze and poor visibility for the accident. This was the last fatal aircraft accident at Bottesford during WWII Apparently, this memorial is only temporary and there are plans for a permanent one to replace it. NB This is an approximate position, also wellies are essential if wishing to view the current memorial close up!
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