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October 12, 2014, was the 70th anniversary of the B-17 crash at Woodend, near  Blakesley. In response to an invitation from Sywell Aircraft Museum, MVT members brought their vehicles along to add to the atmosphere of the ceremony.
Earlier this year a man living in the village of Flore was reading a magazine, giving to him by his daughter, which had run the story of this crash. Looking very shocked he told her that, as a young boy, he heard about the crash and cycled over to Woodend to see what he could find.
He came back with a map and a bag which he hid in the roof of his home. ”They are still there!” he said.
The map is from the navigator's table in the aircraft that exploded and the bag is also the navigator's, still containing all the secret code books.
These are now on show at Sywell Aviation Museum together with details of the crash and a model of the B-17 "Stingy". The map shows the route in pencil with each completed leg inked in up to the last turn prior to the crash. These are very rare items to have survived and it is very impressive to be able to see them on display.
Report and pictures by Tim Cross