View Full Version : Should this be in the memorial section?
Thought I would give you guys a little teaser.
The name on the brown board is Glen Hay Barn.
It's somewhere in Norfolk.
Anyone know the Story of how it got its name.
Norfolkbigboy you are not allowed to guess as you should know.
By the number of replies I guess no one knows of this place.
Sometime after 1991 an old barn in the street of Langham Norfolk. was converted to a house, it was then named Glen Hay Barn.
11th May 1945 the Wellington bomber LP404 TY-R took off from Honeybourne airfield, 24 OTU on a training mission over the North Sea, when the starboard engine failed. The nearest airfield was Langham. Unfortunately at the time the airfield was at total stand-down as everyone was at a VE-day party. After a few red flares the airfield lights came on.
But was too late for the pilot to make a safe landing.
Part of statement from F/O, M A East, the pilot
At one point we lopped the top off a giant elm tree and clipped some high tension cables, finally we took the roofs off a couple of houses and plopped miraculously in a small clear area between the houses, the WAAF barracks and an old YMCA building (The barn. The low bit of the barn nearest to the road and was the canteen) sadly the aircraft swung on impact with the last house and the tail turret was ripped off.
When the tail turret was located in the rafters of the barn it was found that the A/G was the only fatality in this crash.
This was the tail gunner.
Glen James Hay
Canadian Flying officer A/G. 11/05/1945 aged 22.
Buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery.
Son of Elijah and Ellen Hay, of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
The Bluebell pub is opposite. Well worth a visit.
A very moving and obviously little know story, and yes I think this belongs in the memorial section.
DG1: I was in the Bluebell at the weekend and saw the story for myself. Good old Norfolk pub, the Bluebell. Good people, good food, good beer. What more could a chap ask?
Thanks for posting the Story DG1, yes it does deserve to be in the memorial section and I'll move it there now.
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