On 17th May 1945, around 5:15 in the evening, Lancaster Bomber RF124 on a routine training flight out of East Kirby in Lincolnshire, crashed on Lichfield Road in Wednesfield. VE Day had been announced just over a week previously on 8th May, but VJ Day would not be achieved until 15th August. Consequently, air crews were still operational and in training.
Wednesfield History Society has organised remembrance services for this event in the past. Now, with the generous support of the local community, the City of Wolverhampton Council and Hilton Main Construction, the Society has raised sufficient funds to build a memorial to the seven young men who lost their lives in the crash. The memorial will stand on Lichfield Road as near to the crash site as is feasible.
It is planned to unveil the memorial on Sunday 17th May 2020 at 5.15pm. Join us there.
We are sorry to say that due to the COVID-19 crisis we have had to defer the unveiling of the Lancaster Memorial planned for 17th May 2020. This is regrettable especially as the RAF had granted us a fly past.
We are looking at alternative dates for the unveiling but obviously we will be governed by the Governments recommendations.