Lancaster – R5489 KM-G 

The entrance foyer to the Club has a memorial plaque donated to the village by Frank Walshaw who was the wireless operator aboard Lancaster Bomber R5489 KM-G which crashed in the village on the 16th August 1942. 

 

Upstairs in the main bar, you will find some of the smaller remains of the Lancaster in a display case, as well as a model of the plane. The remains were recovered by (and remain the property) of the Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group.

The Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group performed a dig on the site following extensive campaigning by Thomas Clarke to both Taylor Wimpey and the Planning Department regarding the historical significance of the site. The site of the crash is now part of the Windmill Meadow housing development. 

 

Also upstairs in the bar is another plaque presented to the village by Frank Walshaw, and account of the crash in Frank’s own words. 

 

Franks account: