Deep in the woods, we still remember them

On Friday 9 November, 14 personnel from RAF High Wycombe travelled down to Cowleaze Woods, for the Act of Remembrance for the Crew of Halifax LW579 of 51 Sqn, RAF Snaith. Along with the local group of veterans and volunteers that maintains the memorial, we made our way through the woods to a small clearing, known to be the site of the crash. Now, all that remains is a small stone memorial, engraved with the names of those who lost their lives. 

On the 31st March 1944, the Halifax bomber LW579 crashed in Cowleaze Woods, killing all seven members of the crew. They had been on a bombing raid on Nuremberg in East Germany, one of the many that took place that day. Tragically, after surviving the raid and flying back thousands of miles across Europe, they crashed here, so close to home. Contrary to the weather forecast, there was brilliant moonlight that night. Unfortunately, we will never know why they didn’t make it.It was a privilege to be part of such an occasion and our thanks must go to the volunteers who maintain the memorial, and organise this important Ceremony every year.