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Pogmoor Park Created In Memory Of Hero Pilot

Thursday November 29 2012

A PARK has been created from a piece of wasteland in Pogmoor where a military plane crashed 70 years ago.

Phase one of the park, on West Road, is now finished and has seen 400 bulbs, 105 saplings and 34 mature trees planted.

The creation of the park has been spearheaded by the Pogmoor Residents' Association.

More than 100 people were involved and devoted more than 300 hours to the first part of the project, with £2,500 being donated from the Community First Panel.

The second phase will see more trees planted and the creation of a community orchard and the association is about to start a second application for funding.

Members of the association want to name the park after Australian pilot Sgt Alexander Hollingworth, who died when he crash-landed a Whitley Bomber, having stayed at the controls to avoid nearby houses.

Sgt Hollingworth and four others were in the aeroplane returning from a mission in Cherbourg, France, when the starboard engine burst into flames due to a fault.

The pilot managed to fly back to Britain and was returning to its base near Thirsk when the crash occurred.

Four crew members bailed out onto what is now Broadway as the plane was losing altitude, but only two survived.

Sgt Hollingworth, died on impact, crashing into the quarry and avoiding terraced houses.

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Reply Posted by keith on Thursday November 29 2012 at 22:34
Really hope the mindless vandals leave this one alone.

Reply Posted by sarah on Monday December 3 2012 at 15:06
So good to see community spirit and a good outcome for another area of Barnsley

Reply Posted by Rachel on Monday December 3 2012 at 16:00
My dad lived in the terrace houses there. He loved telling this story when we were children. I am pleased this space is being used for something which benefits the community..just hope it will be appreciated as it should be.