Bomber Crash Memorial

A memorial plaque to four members of the RAF who were killed when a Wellington Bomber crashed in the Village on 19th April 1944 has been erected at the picnic area on the playing field, beside the Village Hall.

It was unveiled, on 4th June 2012, by Robert Yates, during the Village Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, at a short memorial service led by the Rev. Dr. John Davey. Also in attendance were Cadets representing 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron of the Air Training Corps).

Bomber Command Memorial
Bomber Command Memorial
Bomber Command Memorial

The Loughborough Echo reported at the time ..

A fitting war memorial to four men who lost their lives during World War II when their bomber crashed in Normanton-on-Soar is set to be installed to mark their courage.

The idea came from former resident Robert Yates who was born in the village in 1935 and recalled the night that the bomber crashed in the village killing all four crew members on April 19, 1944. He wrote to Normanton-on-Soar Parish Council to consider his idea of erecting a war memorial for pilot officer D H King, aged 24, navigator R Doyle, and Gunner Sgt D Fretwell, aged 19, and Gunner Sgt L Garrod, aged 22.

The bomber, a B flight Wellington Registration M200, took off from Wymeswold airfield at 2.30am on a training flight and crashed at 3.05am killing all four airmen on board. The plane crashed only about 100 yards from Robert’s bungalow and he remembers that his mother was worried that the fire might burn her home down.

Bomber Crash Memorial