This is a photo of the burial of six Polish airmen at Oaston Road Cemetary. They were killed in an air crash on 4th February 1941 along with four British airmen. All were from 18 O.T.U. at Bramcote. The crash happened at Church Minshull near Middlewich, Cheshire when their aircraft a Wellington R1298 hit a barrage ballon cable. At the time they were 12 miles off course and flying in poor visibility. The only British airman named was the pilot F/O D. Warburton. The Polish airmen were:- Kpl. S. Wojciechowski aged 25 Kpl. J. Orynek aged 26 Kpl. Z.J. Perkowski aged 26 Kpl. H.R. Kwiatkowski aged 21 Plt. L. Jachna aged 31 POR A. Minkiewicz aged 33 The man in the black coat standing next to the second coffin was Thomas Henry Cope, grandfather of Bill Glover who provided the photo. Mr. Cope's son also Thomas Henry Cope was in charge of the cemetery but was away serving in the Royal Artillery at the time and his father was deputising for him on this sad occasion. A larger version of this photo was given to the Chapel at Bramcote Barracks by John Cope a few years ago. (Bill Glover Collection)
Prisoners of War held at Arbury, Merevale and Maxstoke PoW camps.
Church Street Nuneaton the day after the blitz May 17th 1941. Note Lawyer Dempster's House partially destroyed with its distinctive front doorway. The large house in the distance was the Close. Home of Mr & Mrs Edward Melly who were discovered dead in the house that day by local policeman Joe Boneham.