75th Whitley Bomber Commemoration at Broadway Tower: 2nd June 2018

75th Whitley Bomber Commemoration at Broadway Tower: 2nd June 2018

75 years ago today the crew of a Whitley bomber, on a Second World War training mission from Honeybourne airfield, crashed next Broadway Tower. Pilot HG Hagen, Sgt EG Ekins, Flt Sgt DH Kelly, Sgt DA Marriott and Sgt RS Phillips did not survive when the aircraft came down less than 200 yards from the Tower on 2nd June 1943.

Today a Lancaster Bomber will be performing a fly past at the site at 1.03pm. At 2.15pm the short annual inter-denominational service will be held at the memorial stone which marks the spot where the Whitley crashed.

Everyone is welcome at the Tower to pay their respects to the brave airmen who all lost their lives on that date.

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Remembered Today: RAF Bomber Crash at Broadway Tower on 2nd June 1943

The Memorial at Broadway Tower, Worcestershire

The Memorial at Broadway Tower, Worcestershire

At 2.15pm on 2nd June 1943, an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V bomber whilst on a training mission from Honeybourne airfield, crashed in poor visibility on top of the Cotswolds hills near to Broadway Tower. All members of the RAF crew: Pilot H.G. Hagen, Sgt E.G. Ekins, Flt Sgt D.H. Kelly, Sgt D.A. Marriott and Sgt R.S. Phillips were killed.

We will remembers them.