Memo­rial to Spitfire crash pi­lot un­veiled at Holme Lode

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - The Week In Pictures -

The fam­ily of a Spitfire pi­lot who died in a crash have un­veiled a per­ma­nent memo­rial near the site where his plane was ex­ca­vated near Pe­ter­bor­ough. Pi­lot Of­fi­cer Harold Pen­keth, 20, died in 1940 dur­ing a rou­tine train­ing exercise when he en­tered a dive from which he failed to re­cover. The air­craft crashed ver­ti­cally, was buried sev­eral me­tres into peat, and ex­ploded un­der­ground, killing Mr Pen­keth in­stantly. He had just 13 hours 15 min­utes of Spitfire flight ex­pe­ri­ence at the time. A week-long ex­ca­va­tion at Holme Lode, the Great Fen, Cam­bridgeshire, re­cov­ered the crashed plane in 2015. Thursday’s ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice saw the un­veil­ing of the memo­rial, com­mis­sioned by the Cam­bridgeshire Wildlife Trust. The ser­vice was at­tended by Harold’s first cousin’s Valetta Cran­mer, 78 and Sheila Mor­ris, 77.

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