Saturday, 15 October 2011

Remembrance Day Service Sunday 13th November 2011

Remembrance Day Service Sunday 13th November 2011

This year a special service has been arranged for those who lost their lives and especially two young men who were killed in a plane crash at Bielby. For those who dont know about this the crash happened on the canal bank on 7th November 1942.
A Bristol Beaufighter MK1F Reg. X7698 from 25 Squadron RAF crashed killing the pilot Sgt. Michail H Griffith aged 20. The navigator, Sgt Gerald H Wheatland suffered severe burns and never recovered and died on 8th April 1943 aged 21. A plaque is to be erected in their memory.

The service will begin at 10.00a.m. at the Church with hymns and prayers led by Rev. Nigel Strafford, who will then lead us down to the canal to where the crash took place and there will a prayer of dedication for the new plaque. There will be a lament on the pipes by John Peel a song written and played by Ian Simpson. A two minute silence will be held and a fly past by aircraft from Breighton Airfield (weather permitting).

For further details contact Richard Coe.

1 comment:

  1. I have just come across this post and an deeply touched to learn that my Uncle - Sgt Michael Griffith is still remembered together with his navigator Sgt Wheatland. If I had known about this service, I would have travelled up from Devon to attend. I have photographs of Michael's funeral on 11.11.42., taken by the RAF copies of which I should be happy to upload to a relevant site. Please do get in touch with me - I would appreciate it. Vanessa Griffith.