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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 James6 days ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    6 days ago

    At last progress has been made with this memorial. After further delays due to a new planning application having to be made, we have now sourced the granite and the company to deal with the installation. The plaque to go onto the column has been made as has the eagle which will adorn the monument. The unveiling ceremony however will not be until 2022 as we plan to have an RAF flypast and we have to fit in with their programme which is not planned until January. More information to follow. Thanks again.

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  • Graham James10 months ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    10 months ago

    The design has also changed and will look similar to the existing war memorial which will be 100 years old next year. It will be of granite hewn from a quarry in the same part of Cornwall. All this is now subject to new planning permission requirements from both the church and the District Council. Whilst this leads to further delays, we are not envisaging any problems. I will give further information about an unveiling ceremony when the work is complete and safety regulations permit. Thank you again for your support. Page 2 of 2

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  • Graham James10 months ago
    Graham James

    Graham James

    10 months ago

    I realise that I have not updated this recently and whilst progress is very slow, there is some news which we hope will be positive. Due to the lack of co-operation and communication from the owner of the land near to the crash site, we were made to look for an alternative location. We decided that the next most appropriate site would be near to the village's war memorial which is situated in the churchyard. Page 1 of 2

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Page last updated on: 9/22/2021 15.07

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48

  • 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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