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Memorial to brave bomber crew who saved many lives

A memorial was unveiled today to remember the crew of an American bomber, who saved many lives on the ground in Berkshire during World War Two.

The B-17 was flying to Germany when it got into trouble over the Berkshire-Oxfordshire border on November the 13th 1943. T he pilot's quick thinking averted a greater disaster. He dropped the plane's bombs safely in the Thames and steered away from the villages of Wargrave and Shiplake before the aircraft exploded above a nearby field. The crash was witnessed by teenager, Jim Waldron. Today, 71 years on, he laid a wreath at the memorial, as Juliette Fletcher reports.


RAF Odiham memorial moved to Highlands

Soldiers with the war memorial Credit: Royal Air Force

A war memorial from RAF Odiham in Hampshire has been flown to a remote mountainside in the Highlands.

The World War II memorial is in memory of the crew who were killed when their Anson plane crashed in April 1914.

The War Grave Commission decided to replace the existing grave that had deteriorated in the weather with a granite marker to protect the burial site.

Master Air Crew Steve Macdonald from Joint Helicopter Support at RAF Odiham, said:

"It's a very humbling experience. I can honestly say that in my 30 years in the Royal Air Force it's one of the most fantastic projects I've been involved in because there are very few places where the crews are actually buried where they crashed and now these men will always be remembered."

Chinook helicopter moving the war memorial to the Highlands Credit: Royal Air Forceit