Service honours bomber crew who died in war

A special memorial service was held in Walpole St Andrew, where 75 years ago eight airmen lost their

A special memorial service was held in Walpole St Andrew, where 75 years ago eight airmen lost their lives. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Seventy-five years ago a crash between two British planes over East Anglia left eight men dead.

And now a relative of one of the dead bomber crew has organised a remembrance service at the spot where one of the planes landed.

A Hurricane crashed with a Manchester Mk 1 on November 24, 1941 during the Second World War. The seven men on board the Manchester died, as did the Hurricane pilot.

The Manchester crashed in a field in Walpole St Andrew, and the remembrance service was conducted around a plaque created to remember them.

The event was organised by Kevin Smith, from Cromer, who is the nephew of the co-pilot of the Manchester, Flt Sgt Arthur Smith. The pilot of the Manchester was Flying Officer Henry Hill.


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Michael Forster, RAFA's local branch secretary, said: 'On November 24, 1941 at 11.55am the leading 97 Sqdn Manchester Mk1 of an arrow formation flying in low cloud was struck by a Hurricane – seven and one were killed.

'The 97 Squadron was based at Coningsby and Padre, the Rev Rachel Cook conducted the service.

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'The RAFA standard was there as well as eight men from the association.

'The plaque was left at the spot for the service, but will later be kept in the village hall or the church.'

Have you organised a remembrance service for one of your relatives who died in the war? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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