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Memorial Title

Crew of Wellington Mk3 HF613

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a WW2 war memorial plaque commemorating the crew of Wellington HF613 in Hope, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
Further images may be available on request.
Locations
Last known location:
Roadside
Castleton Rd (A6187)
Hope
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
S33 8RZ

NGR:
SK 16005 83413 ±5m
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Location details:
The memorial is on the top of a drystone wall on the south side of the road opposite the junction with Warehouse La.
Type
Overall type: Plaque Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible.


Description:

An oblong bronze plaque attached to the top of the drystone wall. The plaque has a plain raised border and the inscription is in raised upright compressed capital block lettering against a stippled background.

Glossary
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Plaque Bronze 200 150 5 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF
SGT. J .D. KESTER,
SGT. R. F. CAIRNS,
SGT. W. J. HACKETT,
SGT. B. E. WILKINSON (R.C.A.F.)
AND
SGT. W. A. MARWOOD (R.A.F.)
WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE
IN A WELLINGTON
BOMBER CRASH
15TH FEBRUARY 1943
IN HOPE PARISH.
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Second World War (1939-1945) Totals
Action Not stated
Number died 5 5
Number served and returned 0 0
Total names 5 5
Administration
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From WW2: Hope Parish Council; Chapel en le Frith Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Hope Parish Council; High Peak Borough Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History and Conservation
Unknown date: The plaque was provided and installed by Mr Eric Robinson.

17th April, 1951: The Peak District National Park was designated. The memorial lies within its area.

24th June, 2011: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Frances Casey. It was in fair condition.
References
Pat Cunningham: Peakland Air Crashes – The Central Region: Landmark Publishing Ltd: 2006: ISBN 1-84306-220-8: pp141-144.
Comments
The aeroplane was a Vickers Armstrong Wellington Mk 3 HF613 coded DD-R, from No 22 Operational Training Unit, RAF Wellesbourne Mountford, No 1 Group, Bomber Command. It crashed close to the village of Hope on the 15th February 1943.

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