Canadian Air Crash Service

As part of the celebration of 150 years of St Leonards, Yardley Gobion, we held a special service to remember the crew of a Wellington Bomber who lost their lives close to Yardley Gobion in 1944. The aircraft, a Wellington Bomber based at OTC, Ossington developed an engine fault during a cross country training exercise and came down on the night of 20th March 1944, killing all eight Canadian RAF personnel on board. Their names are on the war memorial outside St Leonard’s church. The villagers remember the plane circling the village before crash landing and bursting into flames on the outskirts. If it wasn’t for the action of the pilot in avoiding the village, much more damage and possibly deaths of the residents would have occurred. The photos from the service can be seen in our photo album - here