History Diary – March 6th 1945

This is a new occasional offering from Alan Fitch, Chairman of the Foxearth & District History Society. Alan will be posting history snippets close to or on the date they happened. This first one features March 6th 1945

A Mosquito night fighter MT 470 from Castle Camps aerodrome crashed on land at Brook Hall Foxearth.
The crash was witnessed by several local people some of whom attempted to approach the downed aircraft but were driven back by the raging fire which followed the crash.
During a break in the flames Lesley Mayhew and an Italian POW, Bruno Cornazani attempted to rescue the two men but the
pilot and navigator had been killed instantly.
In 2000 The Foxearth and District History Society dedicated a bronze memorial to these two unfortunate flyers. It is to be found in the porch of ss Peter and Paul, Foxearth.
Many people attended the unveiling and subsequent service at the church including relatives of the airman and a serving officer from the RAF.

AGF.

For a more comprehensive report of this accident refer to our website www.foxearth.org.uk

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