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Oakwoth Bomber Memorial

2016-01-19 13:20:26
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By CI T King - 2431 (Keighley) Squadron

On Sunday 3rd January 2016, cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, attended a memorial service to remember 6 Canadian airman who lost their lives ion a training excersie 73 years ago near Oakworth.

The airmen died when their bomber crashed into a hillside above Oakworth during the Second World War have been honoured at an annual service.

Villagers and VIPs gathered at Tewitt Lane to remember the young Canadian fliers who died on a training mission in their Wellington bomber in January 1944.

Among those gathered at the memorial site near the Grouse pub were Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, Brigadier General Matthew Overton, defence advisor to the Canadian High Commission in London, other local dignitaries, and members of the Royal British Legion and Oakworth Village Society.

Cadets from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron ATC, made a guard of honour during the service and recently carried out renovation work to restore the area dedicated to the lives of Norman Crawford, James Dalling, Ernest Glass, Jack Henfrey, James McHenry and Emery Savage.

Following the service, the cadets were heavily praised for their attendance by Brigadier Overton and were invited to have a photo with him infant of the memorial. The Brigider General wanted to personally pass on his appreciation for attending the event and ensuring the up-keep of the memorial site.  

The service was very humbling despite the appealing weather. It really gave the cadets the opportunity to get themselves involved in the community and show how the Air Cadet Organisation and its staff and cadets are committed to developing community relations. 

For more information please visit the Squadron website

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