Wellington Bomber Crash Memorial

On 16th November 1943, a Wellington Bomber on a training flight crashed into Hurst Hill above Anglezarke Reservoir killing all on board. The aircraft based at Wymeswold in
Leicestershire was taking part in a ‘Bullseye’ exercise when it got into difficulty in the early hours of the morning.

The plane, Z8799 was piloted by an Australian, Flight Sergeant JB Timperon who was assisted by Sergeant ER Barnes, Sergeant JB Hayton, Sergeant RS Jackson, Sergeant GE Murray and Sergeant M Mouncey. All were killed on impact with the ground.

Allthough the night sky was clear, the conditions were extremely cold which in the days before de-icing could be as lethal as the worst weather conditions. It seems that the -15 degree temperature caused mechanical problems that ultimately led to the accident. The break up of the aircraft started some way from the crash site – one of the planes engines was found in Darwen, some time after the accident.

Today a stone pillar and plaque commemorates the event. It was erected in 1955 by the Horwich Rotary Club and is located at the top of a picturesque wooded valley known as Lead Mines Clough. The location is some way from the actual crash site but is a fitting
place to remember those that lost their lives- wreaths of poppies are still placed each year at the memorial. Interestingly, the date of the crash is wrongly detailed on the plaque.

There is a very good account of the event written by a local police officer who was on duty on the night of 16th November 1943 which can be found here.

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2 Responses to Wellington Bomber Crash Memorial

  1. Ian Dickinson says:

    Hi, i am an independent research archaeologist investigating the 1943 crash on hurt hill; unfortunately i am also disabled and unable to visit the site in person; i wonder is there anyone in your group who cycles along or close to the crash sight?
    All i need is photographs of the site as it is today and a basic (500 – ish) description of the site and its environment as it is today.
    i am happy to pass on my contact details to any one who can help.
    many thanks
    Feb 2015

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    • Craig says:

      Hi Ian

      I will happily sort some photo’s out for you when i’m next over there. Might be a couple of weeks though. Should you decide to visit the memorial then i would advise that it wouldnt be easy – especially if you were perhaps wheelchair bound.

      Kind regards

      Craig Hall

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