Wartime Canadian air crew remembered at Oakworth crash site

The service to commemorate the airmen who died during the wartime crash

The service to commemorate the airmen who died during the wartime crash

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Around 100 people gathered at a hillside memorial to commemorate six Royal Canadian Air Force crewmen who died at the site 70 years ago.

The men were killed when their Wellington Bomber BK387 crashed in fog at the spot in Tewitt Lane, Oakworth, on January 2, 1944, during a training flight.

The village society organises an annual service at the memorial, on the first Sunday in January.

“With this year being the 70th anniversary it was an extra special occasion and it went very well,” said Jackie McGinnis, the society’s vice-chairman.

“We had a good number of people there and even the rain held off.”

Among those present were Brigadier General Matthew Overton, of the Canadian Air Force, Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Khadim Hussain, Keighley town mayor Coun Sally Walker, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Richard Jackson and air cadets.

The service – which included prayers, readings and the laying of wreaths – was conducted by Bryony Partridge and Noeline Sharp.

* For the full story and more photos, see Thursday's Keighley News

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