Oakworth Bomber Memorial Service
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By Cdt K Howe - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron
On Sunday 4th January 2015, cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC attended a Memorial Service in Oakworth. A total of 16 cadets went up to Oakworth to pay their respects to a Canadian aircrew who crashed into a hill during World War 2. The memorial is held every year on the first Sunday of January.
The crash itself happened on 2nd January 1944, 6 crew were onboard as they were ending their training flight in a Wellington Bomber registered BK387. At 22:40 hours, the aircraft crashed into a foggy hillside killing all onboard.
All of the cadets arrived at the Grouse Pub at 13:30 and marched up to the memorial at 13:50 for the service to start at 14:00. The track on the way up to the crash site was muddy and icy but we all managed it as Sgt (ATC) McCarthy led us up the hill.
The service began with a few prays followed by a speech from the Keighley Town Mayor. This was then followed by a short speech from Lt Col Tressa Home of the Canadian Air Force. The service then ended with the sounding of the Last Post.
We then marched back down the path and went into the Grouse Pub to warm up and socialise with others who attended the service.
Overall, it was a good day and all the cadets were happy to pay their respects to the 6 people who died all those years ago.
For more information please visit the Squadron website