Accident at RAF Fairford, 24 March 1969

If ever you are in the Cotswolds, in the region of the Cotswold Water Park, go and have a look at the South Cerney memorial to the boys of 30 Sqn who sadly lost their live in an accident at RAF Fairford in 1969. Matt and Roz Busby look after the bench and have taken some photographs for those members who may not have had the chance to see it first hand and could not attend the dedication ceremony. The full address is as follows: All Hallows Church, Church Lane, South Cerney GL7 5TT. If you have Satnav in your car just pop in the postcode and that should get you there.

 

  • The bench sits in a very peaceful part of the church yard of the All Hallows church, South Cerney
  • Flt Lt John Coutts, Fg Off Robin Plumtree, Fg Off Alan Walsingham, Fg Off Ian Moir, Fg Off Peter Medhurst and Flt Sgt Brian McGing
  • This is the inscription written on the front of the seat. "In memory of the crew of Hercules XV180 who died at RAF Fairford on 24th March 1969"
  • All Hallows ChurchAll Hallows is a large church, which dates from the Norman period. The building consists of the chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled central tower, topped once with a spire, but later removed during restoration in the 19th century. The church dates from the 12th century has fine examples of Norman carvings including a depiction of "The Christ in Glory and The Harrowing Of Hell" above the south door. The south aisle and open pews were added in 1862 during the thorough restoration project carried out by architect, J.P St Aubyn, also responsible for restoring the Chapel at Owlpen Manor in 1874 and part of Rousham House in Oxfordshire.
  • View of the All Hallows Church from the Memorial BenchThe All Hallows church, South Cerney as viewed from the bench.