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    17th July 2017, 08:11
    Very sad news - experienced pilot too with c. 17,000 flying hours. Not wishing to speculate, but is it odd that there was no fire? Although I...
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    12th July 2017, 16:12
    NickB replied to a thread Coleys in Historic Aviation
    Fantastic pictures, but also very difficult to look at - especially the Sea Hornet, Firebrand, Sea Balliol & Sea Fury pics - awful to think the...
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    NickB - I know the field you must have been detecting as grew up in the house alongside. Although my parents were not living there during the war, much appeared to known about it locally. Obviously third hand my knowledge is scant but I will write all that I know. The Wellington was indeed Canadian Air Force and I believe that the airmen are buried or were buried in Compton Church (perhaps repatriated?). This presumably was the churchyard nearest to the Hampstead Norris (Norreys) airfield. This airfield I believe came into being whilst Harwell was being upgraded from a grass runway.
    There has been at least one dig for bits of the Wellington, but not sure if anything has been found in recent years. As kids we always used to find strange bits of metal in the field after ploughing. The field is currently horse pasture.
    Where the plane came down there is still a hollow, which fills with flood water whenever the storm ditch overflows.
    Interested to hear of Anti-pasta family living in I guess from the description, M Farm. I remember the elm trees but the track is still there.
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