Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Ian Durham has kindly supplied the attached photograph of the wreath recently placed on the parish boundary between Lower Thorpe and the Magpie buildings.
The wreath marks the location where a Wellington bomber aircraft crashed. It came from the RAF's wartime Operational Training Unit number 12 at Chipping Warden airfield. The aircraft clipped a beech tree on Thorpe's northern boundary with Culworth, on 20 October 1943 with the loss of five lives. It was on a night-time training exercise and crashed at 22.54 hrs after overshooting the airfield and turning back. The aircraft crashed into Culworth Grounds' field almost opposite Chumscote House, formerly Black Cottages. A wreath has been placed on the site annually for many years by a former resident of Black Cottages where he witnessed the crash as a young boy.
Lest we forget, there is a memorial in the church marking the death of six parishioners whose lives were taken in the two world wars.

Posted: Wed, 11 Nov 2020 17:41 by Maurice Cole

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