Laughton War Memorial
Laughton War Memorial can be found in Laughton cemetery
In the summer of 2004, we discovered the remains of a crashed WW2 plane in Laughton Forest. We asked residents who could remember the war days, and found, to our consternation, that people were detailing crashes all over the place.
Our ‘original’ plane’ was still intriguing us. No-one seemed to know what it was, when it crashed, who the crew were and more importantly their fate.
During our research we were lucky enough to come across two gentlemen with a great deal of knowledge – Mr Ken Green and Mr Joe Taylor. With their help we found some ‘identifiable’ pieces of the craft, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Engineers agreed to look at them. They told us the pieces were from a Lancaster and gradually we managed to find which plane had crashed in that particular area and who the crew were.
That was the start of a year’s research, resulting in the identification of 14 more crashes and contact with numerous relatives.
2005 was the 60th Anniversary of the ending of WW2 and Laughton decided to erect a memorial to these airmen. The service was attended by relatives and friends from as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, Poland, America and all parts of the United Kingdom.
The service was conducted by the Rev Chris Green, there were standard bearers from many of the Squadrons along with the British Legion and the ATS provided a marching band. As the fading notes of the Last Post hung on the still air, the Lancaster, Pride of Lincoln, engines throbbing, flew low over the Cemetery. She made three passes, taking in all the crash sites and dipping her wings as a mark of respect.
In 2006, the local Amateur Dramatic Group donated a bench and Rev Chris Green dedicated this to all the fallen of WW2. The BBMF provided a Dakota and once again it was an emotional service. A booklet was produced in 2005, with a follow up booklet, produced in 2006 after another crash was unearthed. It was agreed to hold an anniversary service every year.
Please note: If a copy of this bokklet is required, please contact Di Millward on 01427 628417 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to send one at a price of £4.50p.