Sergeant Fraciszek Ciaston,792374 of the Polish Air Force had flown
7 Operational Sorties with 304 squadron. Flight Sergeant Ciaston as
pilot, with his all Polish crew of Wellington HZ 251 took off from
Skipton on Swale, Yorkshire, on a routine training flight to return
to their home base at 6 OTU Silloth, Cumberland. Shortly afterwards,
the aircraft suffered a major wing failure and fell from the low
altitude of 1,500 feet it was then flying at, crashing on the banks
of the Leeds – Liverpool canal at Bradley, near Skipton. None of the
seven man crew survived the horrific accident.
On 22nd April 2007,after researching the crew and tracing
relations with a view to a permanent memorial at the crash site,
Peter Whitaker of Cross Hills and Jim Hartley of Bradley, both near
Skipton unveiled the Memorial.