Sunday, 2 January 2011
Canadian Air Force Memorial - Oakworth
The Memorial lies about nine or ten miles to the West of Bradford on an isolated green lane. A service is held here each year to honour the memory of the six Canadian Airmen who lost their lives when their Wellington bomber crashed into the hillside on January 2 1944.
These are fairly solemn occasions, but I had to smile when one elderly gentleman told me that he remembers as a boy the local police visiting every school in the area. It was the week following the crash and the police wanted to recover the numerous small items of wreckage that had mysteriously transported themselves from the crash site into the pockets of local schoolboys.