View Full Version : Lancaster crash memorial near Bottesford, Notts

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?

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.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.

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.
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!!!!!!!

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! :) :)



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

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.

22-12-2008, 19:38
For those who want to visit:
View from road of the path you need. Note prominent tree.
Turning back on myself, memorial is centre left.
and in close-up