IN PICTURES: Poignant parade marks 80 years since Whitley Bomber Broadway crash - The Evesham Observer

IN PICTURES: Poignant parade marks 80 years since Whitley Bomber Broadway crash

Evesham Editorial 10th Jun, 2023   0

A MEMORIAL service to mark 80 years since the tragic crash of a Whitley Bomber close to Broadway Tower saw dignitaries from across Evesham pay their respects.

Members of the Evesham Branch of the RAFA and other service representatives and friends attended a short service last Friday (June 2).

The service was held to honour the two Canadians and three British servicemen who tragically died on June 2, 1943 on board a bomber at the end of their training course.

On the second circuit the aircraft crashed into the top of the hill, near to Broadway Tower. The five were: F/Sgt H.G Hagen, RCAF; F/Sgt R.S. Phillips, RAF; Sgt D.H. Kelly, RCAF; Sgt D.A. Marriott , RAF (VR); Sgt G.E. Elkins, RAF (VR).

Coun Jennie Johnson, chairman of the Evesham branch of the Royal Air Force Association, welcomed the small contingent of ex-service members, ex-service organisations, standard bearers, and guests who attended.

The parade was led by Danny Rollinson, representing the Royal British Legion, and the service was conducted by the Rev Michelle Ward, vicar of Broadway and Wickhamford.

Representing the Evesham branch of the RAF association was 102-year-old president and Battle of Britain survivor Jeff Brereton who read the dedication.

His daughter Maggie Martin, laid the RAF association wreath and a second floral tribute was laid on behalf of the Royal Observer Corp by national secretary Jenny Morris before Mike Butler played the Last Post

Annetta Gorton, owner of Broadway Tower, once again attended the service with members of her family.


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