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Memorial Service for WW2 Lancaster Crash Victims

Today Wednesfield, alongside surviving family members of the crew, remembered the flight crew of the Lancaster Crash

70 years ago today at the end of WW2, a Lancaster Bomber on a training mission from Lincolnshire crashed into, what was then, farmers fields on the edge of the Lichfield Road. All 7 flight crew on board died in the crash.
F/Sgt Gordon Rabbetts (Weapons Operator), F/Sgt Vincent Southworth (Air Gunner), F/Sgt John Smith (Air Gunner), F/Sgt Reggie Smith (Navigator), F/O Bernard Hall (Pilot), F/O Victor Meade (Air Bomber) and not pictured F/O Ronnie O’Donnell (Flight Engineer)
Today Wednesfield, alongside surviving family members of the crew, remembered them.
 
A minutes silence was held during a road side service that was led by Rev Nick Watson and attended by members of the Royal British Legion. 
More photos of the service are available on our Facebook Page

Fundraising

Today’s service also marked the start of the fundraising efforts of Wednesfield History Society to get a permanent memorial in place to commemorate these men.  
If you’d like to hear more about these plans the new Wednesfield History Society talk will be Saturday 13th June, 7pm at the Royal British Legion, Wednesfield

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