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The following is extracted from the facebook page dedicated to RAF Leconfield by Mr Peter Fall



Honouring the memory of Leconfield crash victims


Mr. Peter Fall has very kindly taken the time to contact the page in relation to events 50 years ago involving a Leconfield based Whirlwind of 202 Squadron on 20 November 1970.


Peter has informed the page, that he will be laying a wreath on Friday, 20 November at 1-30pm in a private ceremony to honour the memory of those who lost their lives at Graysnook farm, North Yorkshire.


Peter wrote:


“ I live on the farm where this tragedy happened, and I am probably the only one who knows exactly where it crashed. It has left a deep impression on my life for the last 50 years. I am the brother of John Fall who gave evidence at the inquest. It was a dark, foggy afternoon and John was working outside, he saw what happened. John realized that something had crashed and went to dial 999. We rushed down the field, not knowing it was a helicopter. Alas, nothing could be done. It was deathly silent and sadly all the crew had perished. It has affected me all my life and I feel I must do this in memory of them. I am finding it very emotional as the day gets nearer.”


RIP.


Captain John Balser (Canadian Armed Forces), Master Navigator Brian Sterland winch operator, Flight Sergeant Charles Peter Ford, Winch man and Pilot Officer Helen Susan McLaren as a passenger


202 Squadron Association are grateful to Mr Fall for taking the time and trouble to acknowledge this tragedy.



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