A MODEL plane commemorating a World War II air crash is being built in honour of the men on the flight.The six-strong crew of an SK 15449 44950 Wellington bomber were all killed when it crashed into a field in Mayfield on June 13 1944.
And now, a professional model maker hopes to include an original piece of the plane in the quarter- size scale model he is building to mark the event.
Ian Redshaw, aged 40, of Barrow Hill near Ellastone, moved into the area 10 years ago with his partner Jane. The pair own and run Idigbo a company specialising in marionettes and puppets for collectors and theatres. Ian is also a professional model plane builder.
Currently part-way through the reconstruction, Ian is hoping people in the Mayfield area can help him find out more about the plane and even locate original pieces from the crash which could be incorporated into the model.
He said: “It was just from being local and being interested in planes that I found out about the crash at Mayfield. I spoke to a man who was at school when it crashed. We were standing next to the field that it crashed in and it was then that I decided to do some more digging and find out what kind of plane it was.” As part of his research Ian is trying to find out a second serial number which will identify the squadron the plane belonged to.
“It is believed the plane was on a training flight from Wymeswold, Loughborough and that four of the crew were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Ian added: “It’s quite a nice tribute to the crews that flew in these kinds of planes to include a piece of the original if you can it just seems to stir people’s imaginations.” The plane Ian plans to recreate in honour of the Mayfield crash will have a wingspan of 21½ft and will actually be able to fly.
Mr Redshaw added: “Most people’s ideas of a model plane are something that runs around making silly noises.
“This is a large model that actually comes under the classification of a full-size microlight.” Mr Redshaw is hoping that the completed model will one day be displayed in Mayfield to commemorate the crash and anyone who can help with his research or who may have shrapnel from the crash can contact him on 07773 487111.