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Relatives of an airman who was one of five killed when a plane crashed in Stanley more than 70 years ago attended a special annual memorial ceremony in the village

Kenneth Radford and Ronald Gillott died in the tragic crash in a test flight during World War Two in July 1942, along with Cyril Colmore Arthur Smith and Clifford Abbott.

Mr Radford’s daughter Hilary Eddleston, granddaughter Carolyn Wright and great grandchildren Charlie and Billy Wright, laid wreaths at the W5795 Wellington Bomber Memorial Service held at St Andrew’s Church at the weekend.

Relatives of Ronald Gillottt travelled from as far as Holland for the service.

Organiser Terry Hall said: “We had glorious weather and a wonderful turnout of more than 135. Not one order of service remained.

“We hosted representatives of the families of the crew to Stanley, and the highlight for me was the great grandchildren of the rear gunner laying a cross of each member of the crew; reiterating ‘We Will Remember Them’.

“We appreciated everyone who turned out to support this service which was concluded with the flypast of the Battle of Britain flight over Stanley in memory of the crew.

“The day before I had gone round 14 pubs in Ilkeston to tell people about the flypast. It was the first time I had been in 14 pubs without having a drink in any of them.”

The service is held annually to commemorate the lives of the crew who all died in the crash in fields near the village.

This year also marks the tenth anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

Flypast photo by Dave Cook.




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