Bleasby Air Crash Memorial

Photo:War Grave section at Newark Cemetery

War Grave section at Newark Cemetery

Howard Heeley

Photo:Bleasby War Memorial St Marys Church

Bleasby War Memorial St Marys Church

Ken Ogilvie

By Howard Heeley

Being involved in the preparation of various aviation booklets that chart the county’s diverse aviation history, has led me to various different locations across the county and enabled me to meet a variety of different people.

It has also led to contact with local residents who are looking to mark the aviation events that have been a part of or, shaped their local community. Recently I was approached by Ken Ogilvie from Bleasby who has been researching a number of air crashes around the village. He is now leading a fund raising effort to fund a memorial to the Bleasby crashes.

The village is located close to the banks of the river Trent and under the approaches to two of RAF Syerston’s runways. The incidents that will be commemorated are losses that occurred during World War II and mainly involved aircraft and crews from Nottinghamshire airfields. The following information that provides brief details about the incidents has been researched by Ken and more details can be found on the village website at

Vickers Wellington R1014

304 (Land of Silesia) Polish Bomber Squadron, RAF Syerston

6th February, 1941 – crashed shortly after take-off on training flight – Station Farm, near Station Road, Bleasby, killing all crew members; who are buried in the Polish War Grave section of Newark Cemetery.

Avro Lancaster JB132

61 Squadron, RAF Syerston

1st September, 1943 – mid-air collision with Lancaster R5698, whilst returning from Berlin raid, over High Cross, Bleasby, Nottinghamshire, killing all crew members; four crew members buried in the War Grave section of Newark Cemetery.

Avro Lancaster R5698

1654 Heavy Conversion Unit, RAF Wigsley

1st September, 1943 – mid-air collision whilst on night training flight with Lancaster JB132 over High Cross, Bleasby, killing all crew members.

It is anticipated that the cost of erecting a stone memorial with three plaques inlaid into it would be in the region of £5,000. So far just short of £1,000 has been raised and the village has some ideas for further fundraising which will be developed in the New Year.

A Gift Aid form can also be downloaded from the website for anyone who may wish to make a donation. Monetary donations can also be left at the village public house, The Waggon and Horses.

The villagers have already raised the money for the existing War Memorial renovation, and this includes the addition of the name of Wing Cdr William Graham, from the village who was lost over Germany on 9th May 1941, whilst flying a Wellington from 304 (Land of Silesia) Polish Bomber Squadron at RAF Syerston.

This page was added by Howard Heeley on 11/12/2014.
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W/C W.M.Graham was the RAF advisor to 304 Squadron. Lost when Wellington 1c R1473 was shot down by flak on mission to Bremen. W/Cdr Graham, F/O Webb, F/O Lynes, F/Sgt Gear and Sgt Hamilton were all killed. F/Sgt Wady became a POW. There was a third 304 Squadron Wellington that crashed near to Bleasby on 15th April 1941. Wellington R1212 lost an engine during landing and crashed at the edge of Flintham Wood. F/O  Rudolf Christman, Sgt Antoni Berger and Sgt Wieslaw Pietruszewski were killed. F/O Galczynski and Sgt Ananowski were badly injured. Sgt Jarosz got away with minor injuries.

By Antoni Lachetta
On 13/12/2014

Antoni, I'll make sure that Ken Ogilvie is aware of your reply and the additional information that it contains.

By Howard Heeley
On 14/12/2014

My uncle was Jack Blackett airgunner bomberJB 132

I have his photo and log book. Would love to get in touch with Ken I am very interested in memorial plans

By Sheila hughes
On 17/11/2016

Thank you for making contact with us Sheila; if you send me an email at and let me have your contact details I will forward them over to Ken for you.


Howard Heeley

By Howard Heeley
On 18/11/2016

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