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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Miles Master DL961 No 5 glider school, RAF Shobdon, West Smethwick park, 31st, july, 1944

 A local one for me , a trip over to Smethwick west park near Birmingham to find a small memorial to the crew of Miles Master DL961 No 5 glider school RAF Shobdon which crashed on the 31st of July 1944 with the loss of both crew the plane was seen to be low flying and during one pass reared up over some trees sadly it stalled and dived into the old Tennis courts and burned out , the inquiry put the crash down to 'unofficial aerobatics ' but locals have for years felt the crew sacrificed their lives to save hitting any of the nearby houses or people in the park the pilots presence in the area is doubly tragic in that from the crash site only a few tens of yards is the pilots family home where on this day his mother saw the crash from her kitchen window later his father visited the wreckage only then finding out the pilot was their son.

Near the crash site an unmarked stone was erected near a memorial bench but sadly the bench has now long gone but the stone now forms part of a very fitting new memorial which lies in the park grounds
Pilot F/Sgt A C Cox
F/Sgt C Preston

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