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Pupils mark 70th anniversary of Northampton plane crash that killed six people

Children from Rothersthorpe CE Primary at the Wellington Bomber memorial service

Children from Rothersthorpe CE Primary at the Wellington Bomber memorial service

 

Pupils at a village primary school near Northampton gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of a plane crash that killed a pilot and his five crew members.

Children at Rothersthorpe CE Primary school attended a service at Rothersthorpe church and laid flowers in memory of the Wellington Bomber crew on Friday.

LN482 B ‘Bertie’ was on a training exercise in April 1944 when the pilot got into technical trouble over the area.

He diverted the plane to avoid the playground filled with children and crashed into a field, narrowly missing the church.

The school still keeps one of the propeller blades recovered from the aircraft on display as a “permanent memorial to a brave crew who will never be forgotten.”

The LN482 B ‘Bertie’ crew included:

Pilot - Ft/Sgt. Norman H. Hewett

Navigator - Sgt. Colin J Mowatt

Air Bomber - St. John A. Freeman

Wireless Operator /Air Gunner/Pilot Officer - Donald McTeer

Air Gunner - Sgt. Joseph R. Dowling

Air Gunner - Sgt. Ernest V. Waller

 

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