On the top of Manaton Hill,
just to the South of the track that leads from Natsworthy Gate to
Grid Ref: 712 806
Map location: Click here to view map.
Purpose: Memorial to the four British Airmen who lost their lives when their plane crashed into the side of Manaton Hill.
Size: 6 feet high. 4 feet 6 inches wide.
Information: The accident happened during World War II, when the pilot of the plane became disorientated in fog and crashed into the side of Manaton Hill. This hill is on the Eastern side of Hameldon and it is ironic to note that a number of wooden poles were erected on the top of Hameldon in 1940, in order to prevent enemy aircraft from landing on it. Some of these poles can be seen still standing today.
There is an incised cross on the Northern face of the stone, below which the following has been engraved:
In 1991, the memorial was rededicated and a plaque was added to the Southern face of the stone. This plaque reads as follows