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ceadeile: Track 4578 in area near Black Hill, Wicklow (Ireland)
Lacken to Black Hill via Hampden Memorial
Length: 4.8km, Creator time taken: 1h14m, Ascent: 420m,
Descent: 37m

Places: Start at O01107 10875, Black Hill, end at O04139 09037 3.5km SE from Start
Logged as completed by 1

At O 03323 08968, on the side of Black Hill, a memorial - an upright Granite column (a recycled gatepost?) and a plaque, commemorate the 4 airmen who died nearby in the early hours of April 18th 1941 when their aircraft crashed onto the mountainside.
The upright column was placed there in April 1991, the 50th anniversary of the fatal crash and is inscribed with the names of the 4 young men. The plaque placed beneath it was added more recently and gives some additional information regarding the incident.
Colin Hill, the brother of the pilot, F.K. Hill, has extensively researched the incident and the results of his research can be accessed at
The County Kildare Online Electronic History Journal gives an account of the incident at
The 4 young men who died were
Pilot Officer John Kenneth Hill (Ken) aged 23,
Sgt J.T. Lamb (Jack) Navigator, aged 20,
Sgt F. H. Erdwin (Fred), aged 21,
Sgt S. Wright (Stanley), aged 20.
The 4 airmen were buried together, with full military honours, in the northern corner of St. Mary’s Church Of Ireland cemetery in Blessington.

Photo above shows view of the memorial column towards Poulaphouca Reservoir

Photo above shows view of the memorial column towards Black Hill

Photo above of the plaque placed at the bottom of the granite column

The graves of the 4 who died in the churchard of St. Marys, Main Street, Blessington.

Uploaded on: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 (21:14:59)
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