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Lancaster Bomber: Pictures of Rushcliffe memorial flypast

The memorial was for bomb aimer Thomas Skelton who was 19 years old when he died in 1943 when a Lancaster crashed in Germany.

The bomb aimer Thomas Skelton at 19 was newly married to the late Dorothy Ware – she wanted a memorial erected to 207 which  happened in 1994, and has recently been refurbished by Belvoir Rail Company of Cotgrave and the new bench seat provided by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

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The event took place on Saturday 13 May at Langar Airfield.

On 23 May 1943, Lancaster I W4938 and its crew were lost when the aircraft crashed after takeoff at Langar Airfield.

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The aircraft came down between Oberhausen and Sterkrade in Germany.

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Organisers said:

‘Without Dorothy or the generosity of Roland Gale, owner of the airfield, the memorial may never have been dedicated.

‘So this aircraft and its crew have a most important part to play and in its own way remembering 207 Squadron at Langar.

‘How else can they be remembered than with a flypast and circuits of the BBMF Lancaster.

‘I have had help from a former WAF Brenda Kelly, I don’t know how she became involved, but she has managed to trace a least three families and I believe two will be attending.

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‘So my belief is that this crew deserves to be remembered and in doing say also the memory of Dorothy Ware and all those that were instrumental in forming and serving on the memorial committee.’

Only two Lancaster Bombers are currently airworthy.

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