Wednesfield History Society announces remembrance service and plans for memorial to fallen WW2 airmen.
Wednesfield History Society is inviting members of the public to attend an informal service of remembrance on Sunday 17th May to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Lancaster Bomber crash which claimed the lives of 7 young servicemen.
Local residents are invited to attend the service given by Rev’d Nick Watson of St Thomas Church at the crash site on “Allard’s Fields”, Lichfield Road (opposite Moat House Lane East) from 5pm.
The service coincides with the launch of Wednesfield History Society’s campaign to secure funding for a permanent memorial in tribute to the crew of the Lancaster. The airmen who were based in East Kirkby, Lincolnshire are thought to be the only servicemen killed in Wolverhampton during WW2.
About The Crash
The Lancaster aircraft had been on a routine training flight when it began losing altitude and crashed on 17th May, 1945 at approx 5:15pm. The tragic accident occurred just 9 days after VE day and left a 5ft crater in Lichfield Road with wreckage strewn over two miles away.
In May 2005 (60 years after the crash) a memorial service was held at St Thomas’ Church in Wednesfield and the crew’s relatives lit candles in memory of their lost loved ones.
For more information, please contact:
Simon Hamilton, Wednesfield History Society
Tel: 07814 549 416
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