Service at Caister beach will remember Coltishall crew killed in helicopter crash

RAF SAR (Search And Rescue) Whirlwind helicopter XJ414.
Supplied by Bob Collis

RAF SAR (Search And Rescue) Whirlwind helicopter XJ414. Supplied by Bob Collis - Credit: Archant

A special commemorative event to mark the 50th anniversary of the fatal crash in the sea off Caister of a RAF search and rescue helicopter will be held next week.

On Thursday, June 22 at 6.30pm the three crewmen of Whirlwind helicopter XJ414 will be remembered at a service at Caister Lifeboat Station.

The mayor of Great Yarmouth and local Royal British Legion and ex-service groups will be present.

There will be a short service of remembrance followed by a minute's silence for the crew of three, all of who died in the crash on 22 June 1967, while returning from a training exercise to the Lowestoft area.

One of the crew had been a Spitfire pilot during the Battle of Britain period. Two are buried at Scottow, Norfolk.

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The helicopter from No 202 Squadron at Coltishall was airborne on a training exercise involving Territorial Army solders when the crash happened.

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