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    Default Re: Lancaster crash 08 April 1945 - Thurnby, Leicestershire

    Thank You to all involved in finding out the information about the Lancaster crash 8th april 1945. Also to those who have cleaned up the plaque. Gerald Gore was my Fathers uncle
    and we have only just found out the details of the crash this year after research on the internet. Sadly Geralds sister died last year and only had sketchy details of the crash. My Father has happy memories of his young
    uncle and can remember wearing his flying helmet as a boy. As a family we thank you for keeping such detailed information thus allowing us some closure. We will remember them.

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    Default Re: Lancaster crash 08 April 1945 - Thurnby, Leicestershire

    Catherine, I am very pleased that our discussion on this particular memorial has reached a surviving relative and that you have gained some comfort from finding out details of the crash. A side effect that adds a personal and poignant touch.

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    Default Re: Lancaster crash 08 April 1945 - Thurnby, Leicestershire

    Here's another account of what was observed on the day of the crash: http://www.wartimeleicestershire.com...r_files/29.htm

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    Default Re: Scraptoft/Thurnby Lodge (Avro Lancaster ND647)

    Terence Cartwright was the chap who was responsible for the plaque. It was installed in 1996.

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    Default Re: THURNBY LODGE - Lancaster ND647 Memorial

    My father witnessed the crash while on a bike ride with a friend. He would often recount what he saw whenever he drove by the bus stop looking down towards the garden center from the A47 (where he stood and watched the it all take place). The whole experience left him rather traumatized. A very sad loss for all the families of the aircrew, especially so, being so close to the end of the war.

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    Default Re: THURNBY LODGE - Lancaster ND647 Memorial

    At least he talked about it which appears to be the best way of dealing with the trauma of witnessing. I only found out after my Mum died that her epilepsy was thought to have started after a bomb hit Woolwich Arsenal where she was working in the pay department. She was okay but again she was a witness.

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