Service of remembrance planned 100 years after fatal plane crash

AN RAF association branch is planning to mark the 100th year since two serviceman were killed in an aircraft accident by holding a service at the memorial which honours them.

The Letchworth, Hitchin and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association hope to hold a service of dedication in September 2012 in remembrance of Royal Flying Corps members Captain Patrick Hamilton and Lieutenant Atholl Wyness-Stuart, who lost their lives after their plane crashed near Willian in 1912 while on a recognisance exercise.

A memorial was erected near the spot on the road between Willian and Great Wymondley, and the branch, in conjunction with Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and the RAF No. 3 Squadron, are planning to hold the service at the landmark.

“We’ve been discussing it for the last six months and now we want to get people involved,” said Ken Needham, secretary and treasurer at the Letchworth, Hitchin and District Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association.

“What we’d like to do is write a little story about what happened and how it happened. So if anybody has any stories which can add to that we would appreciate it.

“In the official report it says they didn’t find one of the blades of the propeller so if we could find that maybe we could do an exhibition at a museum.”

If you have information about the incident contact Ken Needham on 01462 671534 or Roy Newbury on 01763 852241.

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