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Very soon after the dedication
Really glad you posted a picture of this as i couldn't get access to it when i visited a month ago. Had to make do with a shot through the fence. Cheers :)
The nearby village of Coddington has a lancaster on the village sign.
Photo from wikipedia
Info taken from the Newark Air Museum website (Dated 1 Sept 2011) regarding access to the Memorial, it looks like it will be easy to visit soon which is good news. The work is due to start in about 2 week's time.
Earlier this week work started on surveying, taking levels and generally setting out the areas for the installation of the new ‘roadways’ on the Southfield Site.
Work on installing the new ‘roadways’ will start later in the autumn and these will be laid from the line of the existing airfield taxiway car parking area across towards Display Hangar 2.
From site discussions held today (September 1st) it is now hoped that a news network of fencing can be also be incorporated into the scheme. This will allow secure access to be maintained when the Southfield Site is used for event overflow car parking but also provide for opening up access to the RAF Winthorpe Memorial area during normal museum opening hours.
The exact layout still has to be agreed but during the coming months visitors will be able to see the changes taking place. It is expected that significant progress will have been made by the time of the Indoor Aeroboot event on Saturday 29th October 2011.
Howard Heeley has kindly sent another photo of Coddington Village sign which better shows the detail including the Lancaster.
Information and photos from Howard Heeley
On Monday 5th March 2012, around 30 RAF Police veterans and their relatives gathered in the memorial Garden at Newark Air Museum in eastern Nottinghamshire to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Blackburn Beverley XH117 at Sutton Wick. They were joined by three serving members of the RAF Police Dog Handlers Section at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire; and everyone joined in a short service of dedication for a commemorative tree and bench that have been purchased in memory of those lost at Sutton Wick in 1957.
Everyone present was welcomed by Squadron Leader P Summerville RAF Rtd., who was the last Officer Commanding the RAF Police Dog School at RAF Newton, Notts. Having provided background details to the commemoration Squadron Leader Summerville read out the names of those service personnel that were lost at Sutton Wick. This was followed by a reading of the Kohima Epitaph, after which the Last Post was sounded.
‘Beverley Corner’ in Display Hangar 2 at Newark Air Museum features a graphic display that has been prepared as a tribute to those that lost their lives in the Sutton Wick Beverley crash of March 5th 1957.
The Sutton Wick Beverley display was instigated by Nigel Bean who was a RAF Police Dog Handler and the display commemorates the aircrew, RAF Police Officers, civilians and RAF Police dogs that were killed in the tragic crash of Beverley XH117 from 53 Squadron. The aircraft crashed at Sutton Wick, which is approximately 2 miles south of RAF Abingdon, whilst attempting to return to base after having just taken off en route to Cyprus via Malta. On board the aircraft were 18 personnel and 11 RAF Police dogs; only 3 personnel survived the crash; and 2 local villagers were also killed.
Amongst the veterans that assembled at Newark today was Eddie Snailum, who was the Instructor to most of the RAF Police Officers killed on that fateful day in 1957.
Each year after the Remembrance Day Service at the RAF Winthorpe Memorial Garden, Nigel Bean moves a wreath into Hangar 2 to honour those who lost their lives at Sutton Wick.
Veterans and relatives gathered around the commemorative tree and bench in the Newark Air Museum Memorial Garden.
Pictured from left to right are: Corporal Dack and ‘Blade’; Squadron Leader Summerville; Nigel Bean; Sergeant Slaissor; Eddie Snailum; Corporal Morgan and ‘Archie’.
We do look good in this, we had hoped for a flyby from a 47 Squadron aircraft on the day but unfortunately this could not happen. However since then they have provided a superb low level flyby for me. I have been in contact with several family members of families of those lost on that tragic day and I hope that soon they will be able to visit us, but we will continue to ensure that we will remember them.
I have just come across this information regarding the memorial service for those lost in the tragic accident in 1957. My father was quite upset that he was not in attendance - he lost his 18 year old brother Tom Jones in the accident. He was a dog handler. My father is also in contact with another relative of a casualty who lives in New Zealand. Should there be any further services, etc, regarding this accident please drop me an email at darrentjones at btinternet dot com and I will pass the details on. I am are that several members of my family would like to show our respects.
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