On 3rd May 1977, a Canberra PR9 aircraft returning to local RAF Wyton after a training flight experienced difficulties and dropped out of the sky ploughing into a row of terraced houses in Norfolk Road in Oxmoor. After 18 months of researching the disaster the Huntingdon Town Council decided that it would be fitting to organise an event, close to where the aeroplane crashed, to the five people who died 40 years ago.
On 3rd May 2017 at 12 noon, which was roughly when the plane came down all those years ago, a short service conducted by Rev Andrew Milton, Rector of All Saints and St Mary’s in Huntingdon took place on the Sapley Playing Fields where the Town Council unveiled a permanent memorial in the shape of a bench and five tree plaques one for each of the people who lost their lives that day.
Deputy Town Clerk, Natasha Pierson , was surprised by the interest which was shown by witnesses to the tragedy and the families of those who lost their lives together with residents and neighbours from around Norfolk Road. There were even some visitors who came from overseas to be at the service. Natasha, after the ceremony, said that she felt that it was a “fitting tribute” to those who died. Over a hundred people attended but she spoke of the gathering being an ”intimate group who wanted to pay their respects”.
Our own Ray Godby,Operations Manager, went along to the ceremony and spoke to many of those paying their respects. He recorded 3 interviews with people who were on Oxmoor all those years ago.