De Havilland DH95 (Flamingo) R2764 from 24 Squadron – Commemoration

Stop Press  – Link now available to the dedicated site of DH95 R2764 and many photos of the ceremony on the day.

After the recent success in commemorating the resting place of Major Hawker in November 2011, the following email arrived a few weeks ago from Keith Scott, Chairman, Great Ouseburn Parish Council with interesting news of a similar nature.

On 30th April 1942, De Havilland DH95 (Flamingo) R2764 from 24 Squadron crashed just behind the village of Great Ouseburn in Yorkshire with the loss of life of the 10 people aboard. The flight carrying 2 Air Ministry Staff and 4 members of a Russian Delegation was secret and the crash kept out of the media with information only recently becoming available.

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary, Great Ouseburn Parish Council is arranging the erection of a blue plaque to the memory of the people on board:-
P/O Iain Ramsay,
Sgt James Smith,
F/Sgt Alan Stripp,
LAC James Lewis,

S/Ldr Kenneth Edwards,
F/Lt Francis William Wilton,

Major Sergey Asyamov,
Peter Baranov,
Colonel Gregory Pugachev,
and Major Boris Shvetsov

This will be dedicated and unveiled on the afternoon of Sunday 29th April 2012, which is also the date of our village Spring Festival. The current plan is to start the ceremony at the Church War Memorial with a short service by our vicar Fr Christopher Parkin and then walk the short distance to Vine House were the plaque will be unveiled.

Having passed on the information to the Squadron at Brize, I am pleased to report at Flt Lt Phil Mobbs, in his role as Squadron Historian will be representing XXIV on the day.

More details will be posted if available and hopefully some photos of the occasion after the event.

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One Response to “De Havilland DH95 (Flamingo) R2764 from 24 Squadron – Commemoration”

  1. the24sec Says:

    Stop Press from The XXIV Sec Link now available to the dedicated DH95 site. http://www.theflamingocrash.co.uk/

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