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Plaques commemorating 80th anniversary of Syleham Lancaster Bomber crash unveiled





Two plaques commemorating the 80th anniversary of the deaths of eight airmen during the Second World War have been unveiled in a Suffolk village.

A Lancaster bomber, which had sustained gunshot damage while on a mission over Germany, crashed at Fir Tree Farm in Syleham on March 16, 1944, killing all on board.

The plaques – one on the wall of Wingfield and Syleham Village Hall and one near the crash site – honour Pilot Roy Dixon, 20, and crew members Bertram Crosby, 20; William Thompson, 27; Roger Vernon, 21; Sydney Huntley, 25; Percy Lawn, 22; Noris Marshall, 33; and Robert Bryan, 23.

Julie Thompson who helped to raise money for the plaques and Maureen Brundle, who use to live on Fir Tree Farm where the plane crashed. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Julie Thompson who helped to raise money for the plaques and Maureen Brundle, who use to live on Fir Tree Farm where the plane crashed. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The commemorative plaques list the names of the crew of the Lancaster LM 464 E bomber which crashed in 1944. Picture: Mark Bullimore
The commemorative plaques list the names of the crew of the Lancaster LM 464 E bomber which crashed in 1944. Picture: Mark Bullimore

A short unveiling ceremony took place on March 16 and was attended by relatives of the airmen, representatives of the Royal British Legion and RAFA, and community members.

The plaques were made possible thanks to fundraising and research by village hall chairman Julie Thompson and vice-chairman Melanie Murray, who is also a parish councillor.



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