Beaufighter NE813 Crash Site

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Aikengall Community Wind Farm



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Outside - hilltop/field/countryside
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Incised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Large sandstone monolith with bronze dedication plaque attached. Unveiled 25 April 2019.
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On the Stone above the plaque-[NZRAF Wings]/IN COMMEMORATION/OF A WORLD WAR II/BEAUFIGHTER AIR CRASH Plaque-Pilot, Flying Officer Harry Kenneth Lillington Rice NZ4216075, Age 21,/No 132 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit,/buried at St Martin's Burial Ground, Haddington, East Lothian/ Navigator, Flying Officer Aubrey John Clarke, NZ429177, Age 23,/No 132 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit,/buried at Edmonton Cemetery, Enfield, Middlesex/Their aircraft took off from RAF East Fortune just before midnight on 2nd May 1945/for a navigational exercise over Berwickshire. Three hours after the aircraft/was heard calling the base, but when the base responded, no reply was heard//The Beaufighter had struck high ground rising to around 396m (1,300 ft) above sea level,/approximately 16km (10 miles) North West of Abbey St Bathans.//It is believed that the radio equipment had failed and that the crew were lost. It was while they/were descending through cloud in order to pinpoint their position that the accident occurred.//The pilot and navigator were from New Zealand and served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force./Sadly both men lost their lives in the plane crash on 3rd May 1945.//After a long search in blizzard conditions, not far from where you stand right now/the aircraft was eventually found on high ground between/Middle Monymut and Stottencleugh farms.//Community Windpower have installed this plaque in memory of the lost crew. On the Stone below the plaque-LEST WE FORGET

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