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