"Early in the morning of 18 July, 1944, a Halifax bomber, LK-Q of 578 Squadron RAF, was on its way from Burn in Yorkshire to Caen in Normandy to join operation Goodwood, aimed at helping Montgomery’s troops to break the German lines.
Sadly, the plane developed an engine fire on route and its flight ended with a crash and massive explosion in Carpenters Wood near Burchett’s Green.
Of the crew of seven, only the rear gunner escaped by parachute and the rest perished in the crash. Their bodies were never found.
Craters from the impact can still be seen in the wood and the site is now marked by a small memorial cared for by the Maidenhead Air Training Corps."

- Maidenhead Advertiser,
10th July 2014

One summer morning early, flying out from Burn
LK-Q set out for Caen, never to return
And perhaps you told some pretty girl,
        you’d meet her for the dance
But first you had a job to do, somewhere over France
Where every flight’s a gamble, the fighters and the flak
And every airman knows the risk, that some will not come back

One last flight for Queenie
Rising with the sun
Falling back like Icarus
With the morning scarce begun

From Yorkshire out to Normandy, two hours at the most
Set a course for Reading, then turn towards the coast
Along the spine of England, in sight of Oxford’s spires
Then out upon the starboard wing an engine catches fire
So now it’s steer for open country, away from homes and towns
With the bomb bays fully laden,
        find somewhere to put her down


Who’d be a tail-end Charlie?, stuck out all alone
Your thoughts begin to wander,
        when you’re too much on your own
But falling from his turret, as she made her final dive
Hugh Sloan was the only man to reach the ground alive
Six men among the many, who fought and flew and fell
Found a lonely woodland grave - so mark their memory well


Like Icarus...