Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Memorial Unveiled to Honour Bomb-Crash Crew

A memorial has been unveiled to the crew of a Lancaster bomber which crashed near Plungar in the Vale of Belvoir.

The plane was piloted by Royal Canadian Air Force Sgt Russell Avey and came down on March 5, 1943 with only one survivor.

Nine members of Mr Avey's family from Canada were among relatives of the dead servicemen to attend a service to mark the dedication of the memorial at St Helen's Church, in Plungar, this Saturday.

The Lancaster was returning to its base in Grimsby when it diverted to try to land at nearby Langar airfield because of poor weather. But the aircraft crashed close to the village, killing six of its crew, including two Canadians, one Barbadian and three British servicemen. Sgt DS Davies was the only survivor.

The granite memorial bears a plaque containing the names of the men who died and the surviving crew member. It is placed alongside the Grantham canal, near the village.

by Matthew Sibson

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