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Fragments of debris from Wellington BK387, near Oakworth, Yorkshire
2nd visit to this site. These are some of the fragmentary remains we found in the vicinity. This Canadian crewed Wellington bomber crashed in January 1944 while on a night time navigation exercise, with the loss of all on board.
The cause of the crash is unclear. Canadian crewed Wellington BK387 was on a night training exercise when the aircraft descended through cloud and crashed into farmland, January 2nd 1944. One witness account suggests Warrant Officer Glass was trying to land the plane in the fields.
This same account quotes the landlord of the nearby Grouse Inn, who says he had gone to his outside toilet and, with the door open (after all the customers had gone home for the night…) “he sat there frightened out of his skin as he could see the plane heading straight for his loo”. Fortunately for him at least, the Wellington crashed just beyond the pub.
Warrant Officer E.I Glass (Pilot)
Flying Officer J.J McHenry (Navigator)
Warrant Officer J E Dalling, (Bomb Aimer)
Warrant Officer J Henfrey (Wireless Operator)
Sergeant E Savage (Air Gunner)
Sergeant N W Crawford (Air Gunner)
For more about this well remembered crash, see The Tewitt Lane Memorial page at
Some crew photos from there
W/O Glass, RCAF
Flying Officer McHenry RCAF
W/O Henfrey, RCAF