At approximately 02:20 hours on 26 August 1944, while returning to base Halifax bomber MZ311 of No 78 Sqn crashed into Cleeve Hill near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (approximately 170 miles south of home base). All seven of the crew, of whom five were RCAF, perished.

     In December 2022, a small monument to the crash was put in place, and unveiled by Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller – the President of the Cheltenham Branch of the RAFA.

    On 26 August 2024 – the 80th anniversary of the crash – there will be a formal dedication of the monument . The dedication will be by Air Vice-Marshal The Venerable Ron Hesketh – a member of the Cheltenham Branch of the RAFA and a former Chaplain-in-Chief to the RAF. Air Marshal Sir Dusty Miller will lead the event.

     More information, updated on 20 January 2024, about this tragic event is here.

     The final draft of the Order of Service for the dedication is here.

A short introductory video is below.

A more recent video is shown below.