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RAF Personnel Attend Sutton Wick Air Crash Memorial Service

On Sunday 8 March 2020, personnel from RAF Brize Norton attended a special service to remember those who lost their lives due to a tragic aircraft accident that occurred on 5 March 1957.

The Sutton Wick memorial plaque
The Sutton Wick memorial plaque

Known as the ‘Sutton Wick’ air crash, a Blackburn Beverley C MK 1, had taken off from former RAF Abingdon en route to Cyprus, carrying members of 47 Squadron, 53 Squadron, RAF Police and their Military Working Dogs on board.

RAF Brize Norton personnel pay their respects to those who lost their lives
RAF Brize Norton personnel pay their respects to those who lost their lives

The aircraft crashed shortly after take-off at Sutton Wick, Berkshire, trying to return to RAF Abingdon in bad weather after developing engine malfunctions.

During the service, a general salute takes place to show respect
During the service, a general salute takes place to show respect

Attending the memorial, Flight Sergeant Severn said:

“We thought it was fitting for 47 Squadron to join the RAF Police and attend the service to pay our respects to those personnel involved in this tragic accident. It gives me a real sense of duty and privilege that I can go and represent 47 Squadron in remembering, especially those former members of 47 Squadron who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives whilst serving.”

Flight Sergeant Severn
No. 47 Squadron

RAF Brize Norton personnel attend the Sutton Wick memorial service
RAF Brize Norton personnel attend the Sutton Wick memorial service

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