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A memorial to two Lancaster crews of 5 LFS , RAF Syerston , will be dedicated this Sunday in Hoveringham a village some 6 miles NE of Nottingham . The memorial is a result of research by local resident Lady Helen Nall who first found pieces of Lancaster wreckage with a metal detector in 2008 and who has identified the aircraft remains as coming from Lancaster JB125 which crashed on 12 January 1945 and LM308 which crashed on
29 January 1945 . She has also written a book about her research entitled ; The Courage of the Small Hours priced £12-50 with proceeds going to the RAFBF and the Bomber Command Memorial Appeal .
Sorry no further details but possibly an 11:00 hrs dedication service ?
Have just 'Googled' for the dedication service and have found this excellent website which has all you need to know about the aircraft involved , the service itself and how to get there complete with a GE overlay . The dedication service is at 11:30 with a flypast by the BoBMF Lancaster at 14:20 and the book is only £9-99 as the above price included p&p .
I should have 'Googled 'first !
some info here too;
Today we attended the Dedication Service for the Memorial to the two 5 L.F.S. Lancasters, JB125 and LM308, which crashed at Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire on 12:01:1945 and 29:01:1945 respectively.
Below is a photo of the two individual stones, the tallest is over 8'.
The OS grid reference is SK 709 467.
I was at the Service yesterday; I have posted a photo of the two memorial stones in the "Nottinghamshire" section.
Great photo Don.
You must have returned later to take this as it was absolutely packed during the service wasn't it? A good crowd including many veterans, RAF dignitaries and relatives of those who perished, some having travelled from Canada and New Zealand.
Shame the wind was too strong for PA474 to leave Coningsby; as it would have created a fantastic photo opportunity as the plan was for it to line up with Syerston's main runway, so it would have appeared over the crest of the escarpement that you can see between the two stones and flown directly over the memorial.
Yes, it was a superb turnout.
I took lots of photos (over 100!) prior to, and immediately following the service.
Afterwards myself and my companion wandered down the riverbank to photograph the area where LM308 came down.
On our way to the village hall we stopped for the photo you see above.
Great pic Don, glad to see the Wx was good. Great shame about PA474 though, that would have been a nice touch. I must get up there soon!!
Marvellous photograph Don, hope to get up there week after next depending on the weather as usual. Is it easily accessible?
If you park in the vicinity of the ex- Ferry Boat Inn (now a private residence) or the Farm Park, simply follow a marked footpath north alongside the Trent. Other than cow pats, you won't have a problem.
Many thanks for that Ossington, just hope we can get some friendly skies as DonB had for his photograph. Cheers :grin:
As Ossington has already mentioned, it is on a public footpath alongside the Trent, which is rather imaginitively named "Trent Valley Way". :D
Thankyou Don, We'll just keep our fingers crossed with all this unpredictable weather that we're getting. 8-)
I went there yesterday, tuesday 22-06-10. Strange how the locals knew about these memorials but not where they are. Eventually one of the fishermen pointed me in the general direction. Just inside the gate of this field I asked a chap walking his dog, looking through his binoculars I could see the stones in the distance, plus two or three Bulls. Beware he said, half an hour ago two chaps came rushing-out chased by some of these Bulls. Thinking about this I looked along the river-side towards the stones, a few people were fishing some sunbathing. So I took my chance keeping close to the rivers edge with it's slight embankment for any kind of quick escape :lol:. One of the Bulls eventually came over giving me a look but thankfully carried on past to the next field, Phew !!! Took my photographs and left quickly. :shock:
Here are the photographs that I took of the Hoveringham Lancaster's memorials on 22-06-2010.
Took these with a 'normal' camera, one of the Bulls disappearing left-centre within the second photograph.
Last two photographs as I was beating a hasty-retreat, second view is of a Glider being towed up-to height after leaving near-by Syerston. Too-far away really, just dots in the sky. 8-).
Thanks for shaing the pictures and information. I am really pleased at how sincere and professional the placing of the memorials to the crews were completed.
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