Service marks 70th anniversary of plane crash which killed three

Kettering and District RAF Association members gather at Welland Gliding Club, near Brigstock, to remember the 70th anniversary of the crash of a Lancaster bomber
Kettering and District RAF Association members gather at Welland Gliding Club, near Brigstock, to remember the 70th anniversary of the crash of a Lancaster bomber

A service has been held this afternoon (Saturday, December 21) to mark the 70th anniversary of the crash of a Lancaster bomber which killed three airmen.

Fl Sgt Cecil Ryall of the Royal Australian Air Force, and Sgt Thomas Higgins and Sgt George O’Neill, both of the RAF, died when the bomber came down near Brigstock on December 22, 1943.

The rest of the crew managed to bale out of the stricken aircraft, although at least three of them were killed in action in 1943.

A service led by Rev Graham Bell, which was held at the Welland Gliding Club, marked the anniversary.

There was a reading by Paul Knight, who was instrumental in getting a memorial to the three airmen erected 15 years ago.

A wreath was laid by Reg Payne of Kettering, another former RAF serviceman.