Lancasters set to fly over memorial to lost bomber crew

Lancasters set to fly over memorial to lost bomber crew

Lancasters set to fly over memorial to lost bomber crew

First published in News

TWO Lancasters will tomorrow fly over the site where the crew of a Second World War bomber lost their lives after crashing.

The two aircraft, flanked by two historic fighter planes, are due to fly over a memorial to the crew at around 2.55pm.

The memorial was unveiled on April 25 last year, 70 years to the day after the Lancaster was attacked while returning from a bombing mission to Karlsruhe, Germany.

Realising they would not make it back to their base at RAF Wickenby, in Lincolnshire, the seven-strong British and Canadian crew attempted to land at Boxted Airfield.

However the plane crashed on land opposite the former Betts factory, next to what is now Ipswich Road.

The memorial, put together by a group of history enthusiasts and those who remember the bomber crashing as a child, is on a field off Ipswich Road next to Space Maker storage.

Organiser Chris Stanfield said he had been assured by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team there was a 90 per cent chance of the flyover taking place, subject to mechanical and weather issues.

Anyone who wants to attend should park at Stanfords Cattle Market in Wyncolls Road and walk over to the memorial.

The Lancasters will then fly onto a scheduled appearance at the Clacton Air Show.

For a five-page preview of Clacton Air Show, see Wednesday's Gazette

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7:23pm Wed 20 Aug 14

mirokou says...

FANTASTIC What an absolute treat for Colchester and probably never to be seen again
FANTASTIC What an absolute treat for Colchester and probably never to be seen again mirokou
  • Score: 7

1:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Odachi says...

There's only one flying example of the Lancaster so perhaps the headline for the Clacton Air Display is a TYPO....
There's only one flying example of the Lancaster so perhaps the headline for the Clacton Air Display is a TYPO.... Odachi
  • Score: -6

3:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

GfB says...

BOTH flying Lancasters seen from East Hill, flying south over Greenstead, just 10 minutes ago. Awesome!
BOTH flying Lancasters seen from East Hill, flying south over Greenstead, just 10 minutes ago. Awesome! GfB
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Thu 21 Aug 14

hughie-s says...

Odachi wrote:
There's only one flying example of the Lancaster so perhaps the headline for the Clacton Air Display is a TYPO....
One RAF and one RCAF make two.
[quote][p][bold]Odachi[/bold] wrote: There's only one flying example of the Lancaster so perhaps the headline for the Clacton Air Display is a TYPO....[/p][/quote]One RAF and one RCAF make two. hughie-s
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