There are two memorials to the crash and the men who died. The most important to me is the memorial to the crash that has been erected in St Andrews Park, Bristol. The three crewmen who died are also remembered on a memorial at Steeple Morden in Cambridgeshire. Details of both of these memorials are presented on this page.
When I visited the park in 2001/2 I thought it was rather sad that there was no memorial there to remember the men who had died or the brave people who had risked their lives to to try to rescue them. Whilst creating this site I made contact with the Friends of St Andrews Park (http://friendsofstandrewspark.ning.com/). They had plans to erect a memorial to the crash in St Andrews Park. I thought this is a great idea. Click here to listen to David Cemlyn, from the Friends of St Andrews Park being interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol on the 9th March 2009 about the plans for the memorial.
The memorial was dedicated and unveiled on 26th September 2009.
Hover your cursor over the image to magnify it. The stone was engraved by local stone mason Michael Blow (see http://www.michaelblow.co.uk/).
Here are some photos from the dedication ceremony:
Please take the time to watch this video I have put together of the dedication ceremony.
I would like to thank the Friends of St Andrews Park, especially David Cemlyn and Jenny Morris for their organising of this event and all their efforts to raise the funds to make the memorial a reality. I would like to acknowledge the generous donations recieved from Bristol City Council of £2,500, Barcan Woodward Solicitors of £1,000 and John James Trust of £1,000. I would also like to thank Lawton Brothers Scaffolding for donating the stage for the day and BES Systems for the use of the sound system. I would like to also give a special thank you to Beryl Sanderson for her hospitality towards my dad, my brother and myself and to my wife, Azra, for looking after my mum so that my dad could attend the ceremony.
P/O Kenneth Evans, Sgt Charles Clarke and Sgt Thomas Lever are commemorated on the war memorial at Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire. The first photo below is reproduced with permission from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/SteepleMorden355thFighterGroup.html. This site contains a detailed description of the memorial. The second photo is reproduced with permission from Richard E Flagg from http://www.ukairfields.org.uk/index.html and shows the right hand panel of the memorial (underlining mine).