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Richard Flagg
18-12-2008, 12:04
The second and third photos on this thread;
more-memorial-photos-no-2-t1360.html (http://airfieldinformationexchange.freeforums.org/more-memorial-photos-no-2-t1360.html)
show a memorial to a Lancaster, s/n LM311 that crashed near Bottesford. Does anyone have a grid ref for the memorial?

Jerry
18-12-2008, 12:30
Some information for you Richard:

http://www.bottesfordhistory.org.uk/pag ... ath__.aspx (http://www.bottesfordhistory.org.uk/page_id__497_path__.aspx)

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.anc ... morial.htm (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~todmordenandwalsden/ww1memorial.htm)

http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=8545

http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/ ... ?photo=698 (http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/album/showphoto.php?photo=698)

But no grid reference as yet.

Richard Flagg
18-12-2008, 13:00
Thanks for the info Jerry. Hopefully Ossinton_2008 will come up with the answer!

airfields man
18-12-2008, 15:49
Airfieldsman here, I'm sorry that i can't give anyone a precise grid ref for the Lancaster memorial at Normanton- Bottesford . The actual airfield ref is 130/SK820415. The memorial is probably within that ref , No more than -416 . We were told of this location by Claire at the Roseland Group Ltd during our guided tour of both control towers. Tel 01949-842464.

Ossington_2008
20-12-2008, 16:23
LM311 was one of those crashes that only made it to provisional status on my All-Time Notts Crash List. Like most records, the location was tantalisingly vague. "Crashed in circuit Bottesford" could put it into any one of three counties, though I can now confirm it as in Lincolnshire. Thank you for posting it up originally. By chance, my wife works with a lovely lady whose family has local connections, and were able to give me a very good steer. Without it, I would still be wandering around every hedgrow on GE!
X marks the spot. I made the map big enough to get the whole airfield in just for those of passing interest as there is more to see at Bottesford than at most airfields.
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/LM311map.jpg
Map ref SK84/94, Pathfinder 814 etc about 827444.
Naturally, I had a quick field-walk of the field boundary looking for discarded metal, but found nothing. It is VERY wet today, with LOTS of standing water despite the E-W lane being once paved and at the top of a slight ridge. I have been back home less than one hour and my Beloved has yet to find a carrier bag full of mud and boots in the kitchen. I am awaiting her bellow at any second!
Milan P
PS I have taken some photos. interested? or is this enough?

Richard Flagg
20-12-2008, 23:59
Milan, thanks for all the info - photos are always good, you should know this by now!!!!!!!

DonB
21-12-2008, 15:48
Thanks Milan... I'll take a look next time I'm out that way. :D


Like most records, the location was tantalisingly vague...
Milan P
PS I have taken some photos. interested? or is this enough?

That describes at least half-a dozen sites in Notts! :roll: Particularly a Stirling & Wellington IV near Clipstone... Both in woodland, so should be fun!

Yes please... If you have photos, please post away! :) :)

Thanks,

Don

canberra
21-12-2008, 17:55
Isnt Bottesford Leicestershire???

Ossington_2008
21-12-2008, 20:00
It is, mostly. See Roy Bonsers book, Aviation in Leicestershire and Rutland for a potted history. The Eastern fringe is in Lincs though and Notts lies just adjacent to a dispersed site by Three Shires Oak (now a bush apparently) I tried to alter the heading title but couldn't. County boundaries are marked on the map above.

Ossington_2008
22-12-2008, 19:38
For those who want to visit:
View from road of the path you need. Note prominent tree.
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/IMG_3166.jpg
Turning back on myself, memorial is centre left.
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/IMG_3157.jpg
and in close-up
http://i388.photobucket.com/albums/oo322/Ossington_2008/IMG_3160.jpg