Wreaths laid at crash site where RAF Marham crew were killed during second world war
PUBLISHED: 11:54 09 December 2011
The lives of a RAF Marham crew who were killed after returning from a bombing mission 71 years ago continue to be remembered in a Welsh town.
The six men - barely in their 20s - were returning to the Norfolk base when their Wellington bomber crashed into a 2,024ft-tall mountain in South Wales on December 9, 1940.
The men were Pilot Officer Albert Tindall, Sergeant David Mills, Sergeant Hilton Daniel Ellis, Sergeant Stanley Gordon Howard, Sergeant Reginald Brown and Sergeant David Ernest Wallace.
Last year the victims were remembered at a special remembrance service on December 9 at St George’s Church in Tredegar, in South Wales, which is the closest town to the crash site.
This was followed by wreaths being laid at the site two days later but this year residents from the town walked up to the crash site to lay wreaths on Remembrance Sunday.
Christine Keane, clerk at the town council, has said: “They were all very young with an average age of just 21 and they had just came back from a bombing mission to France. They thought they were home and they thought they were flying over East Anglia.
“It must have been absolutely terrifying and it is just so sad. Everyone in the town feels like we have a duty to remember this crew.”
Tredegar resident Karl Martin came across some of the remains of the craft in May 2002 during a walk across the mountains and placed a little cross on the site, which is still used for wreath laying ceremonies.