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