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Ceremony to mark 80 years since WW2 airman died after plane crash near Heysham

The grave in Torrisholme Cemetery of Flt Sgt Jack Wilson, who died in a plane crash at Middleton Sands in 1944. Image from Royal British Legion, Morecambe and Heysham branch

A Second World War airman who died after a plane crash near Heysham 80 years ago will be remembered during an Anzac Day ceremony in Morecambe.

Flt. Sgt Jack Wilson from the Royal New Zealand Air Force died in hospital on August 23 1944, aged just 24.

He'd suffered injuries in a crash on Middleton Sands during a training flight from Flookburgh Airfield.

Flt Sgt Wilson, originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, was buried in Torrisholme Cemetery on Westgate, where the service will be held.

The Australian High Commission in London will send a military attache to participate in the service and the New Zealand High Commission has also been invited to attend.

The annual service in Morecambe begins at noon on Saturday, April 27. All members of the Royal British Legion, Morecambe and Heysham branch, and the public are welcome to attend.

After the service there will be a gathering at The York in Morecambe.

Anzac Day, on April 25, is a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in the Armed Forces and died in wars and conflicts.

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