Images shows the Memorial to the crew of the Halifax Bomber, LK 844, which crashed during a night training exercise over Tingley on 14th November 1944. It had taken off from the RAF Station at Snaith but lost control after getting into difficulties. it hit the ground spreading wreckage in it's wake. Some houses in the vicinity were damaged, two in particular in Thorpe Lane View were virtually demolished. Luckily there were no serious injuries on the ground. All seven members of the crew were killed and this stone memorial provided by Walter Townend, who was 13 years old at the time of the accident, was unveiled on 12th November 1989. The dedication was made by the Reverend Terry King, Vicar of Woodkirk before a crowd of over 250 people. The unveiling was performed by two airmen who had flown the Halifax Bomber on 21 operations, George Booth from Stoke on Trent and Ricky Pearce from Market Weighton. In 1990, 7 Cherry trees were planted, one for each of the young crew members, and daffodils. In 1997 local nurserymen donated 1,000 Crocus bulbs which the children and Headmaster of Blackgates School helped plant. After the service in 1989 and exhibition was help at Woodkirk Valley Sports and Social Club.The stone memorial stands by the Bradford Road (A650) close to Tingley Roundabout and New White Bear Public House.
Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
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