On 18th September, 1943 a Wellington bomber, X HE 324, was on a training exercise from its base at RAF Silverstone, Northamptonshire. The plane was seen to be on fire as it passed over Lovacott
and then East Barton, crashing in flames in the field
behind the memorial. All six aircrew perished:
Flight Sergeant ‘Norm’ Dunn, 25, RAAF - from West Leederville, Perth, Australia. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon.
Sergeant Johnnie Donnachie, 21, RAFVR - from Wishaw, Scotland. Buried at Wishaw.
Pilot Officer Hiram Farrer, 26, RCAF - from Rainy River, Canada. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon.
Sergeant Raymond Dolling, 21, RAFVR - from Llanelli, Wales. Buried at Llanelli.
Sergeant James Hallam, 18, RAFVR - from Beeston, Nottingham. Buried at Beeston.
Sergeant Henry ‘Arthur’ Newnham, 21, RAAF - from Delungra, New South Wales, Australia. Buried at Heanton Punchardon, North Devon.
Relatives of each crew member have been traced through extensive internet research, mostly by Mr Graham Moore. Regular contact has been maintained and several relatives have visited the memorial.
For more details, search the internet for: RAF
Memorial at Horwood, Devon.
Parish Councillor Mr Ken Moore vividly remembered going to see the wreckage following the crash as a young child. He suggested a Memorial near the site. This has been funded by Horwood, Lovacott and Newton Tracey Parish Council and Co-operative Funeral Care in Barnstaple. A dedication service took place on the 18th September, 2013, including a fly past by an RAF Chivenor Search and Rescue helicopter. Many people contributed to the commemoration on that day, the 70th Anniversary. A reading is held at the Memorial following the Remembrance Sunday Service at Horwood Church.
“We will remember them and honour their names”
Directions to the Memorial (EX39 4PE)
Turn left out of Horwood Churchyard, traveling east for about 1/2 mile. At the end of a long straight the Memorial is on the left beside some stone walls.