Halifax Bomber Crew To Be Honoured With Plaque

Memorial David Elvidge

On 24 August 1943 at 0430 hours two Halifax bombers, returning to their base at Breighton, were diverted to Leconfield in thick fog and collided over Hull Bridge, . Of the 15 men on board these planes, only one survived.

Tickton and Routh Parish Council will be marking the 70th anniversary of this event by holding a small service of dedication, led by Reverend Ray Coates, at 1530 hours on 24 August 2013, culminating in a silence at 1630 hours.

The event will be held in front of the footbridge over the River Hull on Weel Road, Tickton next to the Crown and Anchor Public House.

During the hour leading up to the silence Councillor Elvidge of East Riding of Yorkshire Council will unveil a commemorative granite plaque, donated by Timeless Memorials in honour of the airmen.

Cllr Elvidge said;

“There has always been a legend that a couple of bombers crashed near Tickton and this was the first time I had full story confirmed.”

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“It is an incredible honour to be asked to unveil this memorial to 78 Squadron.”

The plaque will be mounted on the bridge close to the original crash site.

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  1. Hi just read your article on the crash of the two Halifax bombers ,the only survivor was Jonny Greet he was married to my cousin,the story Jonny told us was on the night of the crash he was walking out to the aircraft and he said to the tail gunner would you like to swap places,(Jonny was normally in the turret) so that night he was the tail gunner and that saved his life, would like to know the name of the man he swapped with if you have that info.so kind regards and thank you for the plaque Bill Spraggs

  2. I am working on a book about the war dead of Beverley in WW2 and intend to include all war graves in Beverley. Baylis and Keirl will feature, I have just discovered their sad tale, if there is anyone out there who could help with information I would be very grateful,

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