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Weʼre raising £2,500 to build a memorial to honour the aircrew of a Lancaster bomber that crashed in Great Paxton on Christmas Eve 1944

Great Paxton
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At the village of Great Paxton in Cambridgeshire we are raising money to fund a new memorial to honour the aircrew who died in a crash in the village. Their Lancaster bomber had taken off from RAF Graveley on another bombing mission to Cologne, Germany. It came down 75 years ago, around 3.45 on the afternoon of Christmas Eve 1944. It did not gain height though and having clipped the roof of a house in London Lane it crashed in a field near to what is now Brookside. All seven members of the crew were killed. The oldest was just 24 years old. At present there are no specific memorials to this crew. It will be placed on a grass verge of a private road near to the edge of village, in a location as near as we could find to the crash site. For more information about the crash https://35squadron.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/lancaster-pb366-24121944/

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  • Graham James2 months ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    2 months ago

    Final confirmation that the unveiling ceremony will be on Saturday 7th May starting at 2.00 with the flypast at 2.40. If you are planning to travel to attend it would help with our planning if you could kindly let us know. Anyone wanting to eat beforehand in the village should book ahead. Likewise if you wish to visit the Pathfinders museum at RAF Wyton they will need to know 11 days before. Please ask if you require information about how to reserve a space. Many thanks again for your generous support.

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  • Graham James2 months ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    2 months ago

    We have also arranged for the church at nearby Offord to be open. In it is an area dedicated to RAF Graveley and a wonderful stained glass window. Also we have arranged for the Pathfinder museum at RAF Wyton to be open, if booked in advance, which also has a special exhibition about the crash. We are hoping that relatives of some of the crew will be able to attend Thanks

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  • Graham James2 months ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    2 months ago

    We can finally announce that we have a date for the unveiling of the new monument. The ceremony will start at 2:00, (as things currently stand) in the churchyard of Great Paxton. We are planning for an air cadet band to play, a good RAF presence and a flypast by a Spitfire. There will also be a small exhibition in the church about the crew and the crash, poems written by children in the village about the crash and even pieces of the plane found by a local detectorist.

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Page last updated on: 3/30/2022 15.07

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 28, 2020

  • Ivan Page

    Ivan Page

    Nov 12, 2020

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 31, 2020

    Worthy cause

    £10.00

  • David Pasley

    David Pasley

    Feb 20, 2020

    Hope you soon meet your target Graham for a very worthy cause.

    £10.00

  • Mark Attridge

    Mark Attridge

    Feb 19, 2020

    Father in law flew in Lancs with 514 squadron out of Wisbeach, brave young men.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 17, 2020

    Great project!

    £40.00

  • Matthew & Sophie Cook

    Matthew & Sophie Cook

    Jan 19, 2020

    Well done for taking this forward. Good Luck.

    £50.00

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Graham James

Graham James

Great Paxton

Member of the Great Paxton History Society

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