Memorial service to remember war crash bomber crew in Oakworth

Brigadier-General Matthew Overton (centre back) at the service

Brigadier-General Matthew Overton (centre back) at the service

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Around 100 people gathered yesterday at a hillside memorial to commemorate six Royal Canadian Air Force crewmen who died at the site 70 years ago.

The men were killed when their Wellington Bomber BK387 crashed in fog at the spot in Tewitt Lane, Oakworth, on January 2, 1944, during a training flight.

The village society organises an annual service at the memorial, on the first Sunday in January.

“With this year being the 70th anniversary it was an extra special occasion and it went very well,” said Jackie McGinnis, the society’s vice-chairman.

“We had a good number of people there and even the rain held off.”

Among those present were Brigadier General Matthew Overton, of the Canadian Air Force, Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Khadim Hussain, Keighley town mayor Coun Sally Walker, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Richard Jackson and air cadets.

The service – which included prayers, readings and the laying of wreaths – was conducted by Bryony Partridge and Noeline Sharp.

Mrs McGinnis added: “Some of the relatives of the airmen have attended over the years and we know how grateful they and the Canadian Air Force are that those who lost their lives are remembered in this way.”

Following the memorial service, a buffet meal was served at the Grouse Inn, Oakworth.

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