A NEW memorial has been unveiled to commemorate the air crash which saw seven RAF men — including one from Rotherham – killed 80 years ago.
The tribute has been created in Northamptonshire in memory of the crew of the 207 Squadron Manchester bomber L7314 in June 1941.
Among those killed was Flight Sgt William Brown, from Waleswood, who was 29 and a widow, Edna.
The memorial unveiling was attended by family members of the crew, RAF representatives, veterans, parish councillors from Wollaston, where the crash happened, and cadets from the Combined Cadet Force.
Parish Council chair Lindsay Alvis, who laid a wreath, said: “The current pandemic has reminded us all of those who serve our nation in peace and war.
“Captain Sir Tom Moore, himself a war veteran and who lived so close to us, was the perfect example of someone who understood the importance of recognising service and commitment.
“The loss of this aircraft was the result of a tragic accident but those airmen who served and lost their lives 80 years ago deserve to be remembered.
“It was important for us to acknowledge them, and we are delighted that so many family members have joined us to do exactly that.”
The Manchester aircraft had first having taken off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire as part of a bombing raid on the docks at Boulogne docks in occupied France, but was mistakenly shot down by a RAF Beaufighter night fighter which was searching for enemy raiders that were reported to be in the area.
207 Squadron’s commander, Wing Cmdr Scott Williams, said: “207 Squadron and all of the Squadron personnel played an important role throughout the war and we are proud to continue their legacy, as part of the RAF’s F-35 Lightning Force.
“We owe our freedom to those who served and in particular, those who lost their lives.
“It is a privilege to be here to remember the crew of L7314 and to meet the families.
“I would also like to thank the organisers here at Wollaston for inviting us to be here to remember the fallen.”