Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Home Town Gives up Secrets

I lived in Ilkley for the first 18 years of my life and I never knew, until I saw some photo's of a memorial stone on maverickapollo's Flickr page, that during WWII a bomber crashed on Ilkley Moor.

I know little at the moment, but it's something to look into. Maverickapollo reports that all but one crew member died and I can see from the RAF insignia that it was 'one of ours'.

That must have been big news back then and in a town like that these stories live on for a long time. The moor was my playground as a kid and I never stumbled across this memorial.

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1 comment:

ClickRich said...

Much more info found at
http://www.cbc.ca/cp/world/060131/w0131106.html

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/HistoryAndHonour/RafLintononouseJoinsCanadianRelativesAtMemorialServiceHonouringWartimeBomberCrew.htm

It was a Canadian aircraft. I'd never seen the memorial because it's new. It took them decades to find the crash site (presumably on resuming the search recently).