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Record details

BCC record ID:0945000000
Type of record:Monument
Summary:Site of World War II aircraft crash, known as the Winslow Air Disaster.
Grid Reference:SP 76996 27878

WINSLOW, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

Monument type(s)

  • (Former) AIRCRAFT CRASH SITE (Modern - 1943 AD)

Associated finds: none recorded

Public access information

Is the site accessible to the public?No
Is the site visible from a public viewpoint?No

Full description

On the night of Saturday 7th August 1943 a Wellington Mark 3 bomber of 26 O T U crashed whilst returning to Little Horwood airfield during a night flying exercise. The aircraft crashed into houses on both sides of the High Street, killing 9 civilians and 4 of the 5 aircrew. The civilians were mostly local residents but included a family of Jewish evacuees from London who had moved to Winslow in 1940 having lost their home and business in the blitz (B1).
NGR to site of The Chandos Arms, demolished in the crash.

Sources and further reading

<1>Unpublished document: Bert Shrimpley. 1993. The Winslow Air Disaster, 7th August 1943.
<2>Bibliographic reference: Robert Cook. 1989. The Book Of Winslow. p90, caption to plate on p96

Associated excavations and fieldwork: none recorded

Related monuments: none