Canadian airmen who died at Oakworth

Apart from our usual research into local men, I've been looking into the six Canadians who died on 2nd January 1944, when their Wellington Bomber crashed into the hillside at Tewitt Hall Wood near Oakworth. I first researched these men for Oakworth Village Society and came up against a bit of a brick wall because their Royal Canadian Air Force service records simply weren't available ten years ago. Now they are, and I have downloaded them and gone through them all to tease out a time-line for each man.
Even though they're not local men, we could not ignore the fact that they died here, so I will probably place them on this website or our Wiki, but for now they will go the Oakworth Village Society website under the Tewitt Lane Memorial heading.
To quote Kemal Ataturk on the men who died at Gallipoli in 1915 and were buried on Turkish soil: "Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."

I believe a similar sentiment applies to these brave Canadian airmen who tragically lost their lives back in 1944. They now lie alongside each other at Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate and are honorary sons of Yorkshire.


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