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WWII crash dead memorial unveiled

The memorial plaque
The plaque was unveiled by the leader of Dartford Borough Council

A memorial plaque dedicated to the crew and civilians who died when a World War II aircraft crashed into houses in a Kent town has been unveiled.

The plaque in East Hill, Dartford, remembers the three airmen and three residents who died on 31 July 1941.

The Hampden Bomber crashed on to three houses in the road after the pilot lost control during an electrical storm.

He was the only airman to survive, but was presumed dead nine days later when another plane was lost during a raid.

At the dedication service on Tuesday, prayers were offered to the crew and civilians who lost their lives.

Jeremy Kite, leader of Dartford Borough Council, said the commemoration was made possible by the Shoreham Aircraft Museum, which has been responsible for a number of other such memorials across Kent.

"It sums up the horrors of the war... what happened here was a very ordinary catastrophe for people on the home front," he said.

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