A banner party of cadets and staff of 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron joined representatives of the Polish people, Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association at the crash site of a WW2 aircraft at Husbands Bosworth on 9 April to commemorate an RAF pilot and his ATC passenger who were both killed in the crash.
The crash occurred on 28 August 1942 when Master aircraft N7889 of No 7 AACU (Anti Aircraft Co-operation Unit) based at Castle Bromwich and flown by Polish RAF pilot, Flying Officer Jerzy M Ramert aged 33, with Air Cadet Roy J Shaw aged 14 as a passenger struck a tree.
The crash investigation report states that the pilot ‘dived to signal arrival and struck a high tree causing damage to the skin, the wing disintegrated in flight and aircraft struck the ground. All pilots have been ordered not to dive below 300ft’
After a short dedication service and the Last Post a tree was ceremonially planted at the site and a wreath laid by the Polish representatives. The crash site lies in the grounds of Bosworth Hall.
Local air cadet
Cadet Shaw is buried in Birmingham (Whitton) Cemetery and Fg Off Ramert in Newark on Trent War Cemetery>
Cadet Flight Sergeant Peter Taylor commented ‘I had no idea that this accident had occurred and when I was told that an ATC cadet had been killed I was determined to be present to pay my respects to both the cadet and the pilot’ It was a simple but moving ceremony and a flypast of two Chipmunk aircraft from the local gliding club based on the old airfield added to the atmosphere
The picture shows OC 1084, Flt Lt Valerie Smith with cadets Flight Sergeant Peter Taylor flanked by Cadets Theo Mast, and Tyler Moore and Sqn Ldr John Standish, (HQAC Music Services)