Airmen’s memorial on Ashdown Forest

The crew of a Wellington bomber which crashed in the Ashdown Forest in 1941 are remembered each year at a special service on Remembrance Sunday.

Among those attending regularly is 13-year-old Olivia Hunt, from Uckfield, who goes with her mother Trina and three sisters.This year Olivia took some photographs and shares them below. Thank you for letting us use them Olivia.

The four girls laid a cross on the memorial for their grandparents who were in the RAF and WAAF.

Mother Trina said: “It is a very moving experience on the Ashdown Forest as hundreds of people and animals, dogs and horses, from all walks of life gather at the same point to pay their respects and honour the two-minutes silence.”

Wikipedia records that the Wellington Bomber from 142 Squadron crashed on the morning of July 31, 1941, on its return from a raid on Cologne during the Second World War. The six-man crew on board died.

The memorial is a stone-walled enclosure with a white cross in a garden of remembrance. It can be found on the forest west of Duddleswell and was placed there by the mother of Sgt P.V.R. Sutton who was 24 when he died.

Each year on Remembrance Sunday, at the request of Mrs Sutton, a wreath is laid by an Ashdown Forest Ranger with another laid by the Ashdown Forest Riding Association.

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See also:

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