Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery has thrown his support behind a campaign to build a memorial in Horndean to two Australian RAF flyers who died when their aircraft crashed into the village in 1945.
Members of local organisation, Horndean Children of the 1940s, has so far raised £12,500 to erect the memorial in memory of Pilot Officers Edward (Ted) Wicky, 22, and his 21-year-old navigator, Pilot Officer Oswald Mountford.
The pair, flying a De Havilland Mosquito of 464 squadron, were returning from a bombing mission over the Ruhr in Germany in the early hours of 5th February when it crashed through Horndean’s parish hall killing both men.
The group now need to raise another £7,000 to make sure the memorial is built.
“The bravery and sacrifice of these two men has not been forgotten in Horndean with many still remembering the terrible events of that night when the aircraft crashed,” said George.
“It is fitting that a memorial and place to reflect on what happened should be built and that these two young men, who died thousands of miles from home fighting to defeat Nazi Germany, should not be forgotten.”
Donations to the fund can made in the following ways:
Made payable to: Australian Aircrew Memorial (Horndean) Group
Sent to: Mr Peter Barge, Secretary, The Australian Aircrew Memorial (Horndean) Group, 7 Whitley Close, Westbourne, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 8TT
By bank transfer
To: HSBC – Sort Code: 40-17-16 – Account No: 32078813