On 17th May 1945, between VE Day and VJ Day, Lancaster Bomber RF124 630 Squadron, on a routine training flight out of East Kirkby, crashed on the Lichfield Road in Wednesfield. All seven young crew members were killed and there were insufficient remains for full recovery of the bodies. None of these young men were Wednesfield folk, but it is in Wednesfield that they all lost their lives. As the 75th anniversary of this event and indeed the end of World War Two itself approaches, Wednesfield History Society plans to commemorate the loss of the whole crew in the place where they perished together, preparing to serve king and country. We are working with the City of Wolverhampton Council to create a permanent memorial as near to the crash site as is feasible, without compromising existing underground or overground services. The memorial is set for unveiling on Sunday 17th May 2020 where a public religious service will be held to complete the commemoration.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project builds on the memories of elderly people who were resident in Wednesfield as children and witnessed the Lancaster's difficulties. Thus, a highly emotive event from the past would be created in the present and preserved into the future. Wider public interest in what has become known as the 'Lancaster crash' has grown in the past decade. A popular local public house near to the crash site has been re-named 'The Lancaster' and the event has also attracted media attention. A memorial would build on the existing art trail in Bentley Bridge, Wednesfield, and create a fitting entrance to the public fields nearby. In this way, the social culture of the area will be enriched. Wednesfield History Society has long promoted the historical relevance of this event and the erection of a permanent memorial would ensure that this piece of history will not be lost. Commemorating historic events fosters interest within communities helping to engender pride and a sense of belonging.
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About the space
The grassed area between the pathway into Perry Hall fields and the houses on the corner of Lichfield Road and Lyndale Drive
Wolverhampton City Council