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Memorial for crashed bomber crew


All the members of the Australian and British crew died in the crash

A memorial has been unveiled in memory of the crew of an RAF bomber which crashed in Devon during World War II.

All seven members of the Australian and British crew on board Halifax bomber DG412 were killed when the aircraft went down near Langtree in 1943.

Members of the airmen's families, representatives of the RAF and the Australian High Commission attended the unveiling ceremony.

The last Lancaster bomber still flying carried out a flypast in tribute.

Poppy wreaths were laid and the Last Post was played during the ceremony, which was held 66 years to the day the bomber crashed at Buda Farm while returning from France.

Mike Evans of the Langtree Memorial Committee said that the crew had been honoured by the village for many years and that the memorial would be an extension of that.

Family 'thrilled'

He said: "Every Remembrance Sunday their names are read alongside the names of the village's war dead.

"They are considered part of us. That's why there's been such support to put this lovely monument up for them."

Families of the dead also sad they supported the monument.

Mary Branson, sister of pilot Sgt John Williams, said: "For so many of these planes there is no memorial.

"I'd hate to think what number did go down, but, as a family, we're simply thrilled."

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