TG0420 : Aircraft crash memorial in All Saints church

taken 2 years ago, near to Bawdeswell, Norfolk, Great Britain

Aircraft crash memorial in All Saints church
Aircraft crash memorial in All Saints church
Memorial to Pilot Officer James McLean and Sergeant Melvin Tansley of 608 Squadron, RAF, based at Downham Market > LinkExternal link who lost their lives when their Mosquito fighter aircraft crashed into All Saints church, completely destroying it, on 6 November 1944. Part of the aircraft was used in making this memorial. For a view of the rebuilt church see > LinkExternal link.
RAF Downham Market
The airfield was opened in mid-1942 as a satellite station for RAF Marham. It had three concrete runways which in the late 1970s were lifted and crushed for aggregate, to be used in the construction of the Downham Market by-pass, the A10 road. Only a tiny fragment remains in place today.

The station was home to No. 635 Squadron which formed part of the Pathfinder Force, flying the lead aircraft to mark bombing targets for the following formations. A memorial to two squadron members who were posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross can be found on the green adjoining St Mary's church in Bexwell.

A number of buildings on the former Technical site have survived at what is now the Bexwell Business Park, and a former Mess building can be found on the Stonecross Industrial Estate. See also: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 18 April, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 19 April, 2015
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 0466 2091 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:44.8226N 1:1.8457E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 0466 2092
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