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Memorial unveiled to victims of 1957 RAF air crash in Sutton Wick

News report of 1957 Drayton crash
Image caption News reports showed the extent of the devastation after the crash

A memorial has been unveiled to the victims of an air crash in Oxfordshire almost 60 years ago.

Eighteen people died when an RAF Blackburn Beverley aircraft came down in Sutton Wick near Drayton in 1957.

They were members of 47 Squadron, along with eight RAF police dog handlers and their dogs on their way to Cyprus, and two people on the ground.

The memorial was made by local wood carver Brian Eastoe who lived in the area at the time of the crash.

Barbara Warwick, who attended the service, said it was "very moving".

She said: "A lot of dogs were killed on the plane... and when they played the Last Post the dogs howled as if they knew."

The idea for memorial came from the Memorial Mob - a group campaigning for recognition of less well known fatal incidents involving the armed services and emergency services.

The crash was thought to be the largest single loss of life suffered by the RAF's police force.

Members of the armed services, relatives of some of those killed, and a number of RAF police dogs were present at the memorial unveiling.

Image copyright Memorial Mob
Image caption The memorial was made by a local wood carver who lived in the area at the time of the crash
Image copyright Memorial Mob
Image caption Members of the armed services and relatives of some of those killed were present
Image copyright Memorial Mob
Image caption Eight RAF police dog handlers and their dogs were killed in the crash

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