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Memorial gardens and monument opened

Ian Corlett with the memorial at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum at Ronaldsway

Ian Corlett with the memorial at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum at Ronaldsway

A new garden commemorating the deaths of five men killed in an air crash on Manx soil during the Second World War, and a memorial to two Canadians among that number, has been unveiled at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum at Ronaldsway.

The garden was opened by Colonel Marc Bigaouette, Air Force adviser to the Canadian High Commission in London.

Also attending the opening was Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood and Ian Corlett, pictured, who was first on the scene when the Avro Anson aircraft crashed at Cronk Ny Arrey Laa on November 13, 1944, killing its five-man crew, namely Canadian pilot and navigator Hugh Eugene McDonald and Charles Bardwell respectively, John Darlington, Percy Henry Hoyle and John David Pratt.

 

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