World War Two airman honoured decades after death

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A SECOND World War airman will be honoured 70 years after his death.

Flight Sergeant Angus McBean, from Durham City, died when his bomber crashed during a training flight on May 6, 1942.

His Bristol Blenheim Mk1 hit the ground at Standingholme Farm, near Hempholme Farm in East Yorkshire.

Flt Sgt McBean, who is buried at St Cuthbert’s Church in his home city, was carrying out night flying training circuits and landing practice when he lost sight of airfield lights.

Now the airman’s memory will be honoured as Yorkshire Water is naming the bird-watching hide it has created at the site after him.

Organisers are also trying to trace his family members.

The hide will be opened on Sunday, when a plaque and a small display telling Flt Sgt McBean’s story will be unveiled.

Wreckage of the aircraft was recently uncovered during the restoration of the Hempholme Meadows flood plain grazing marsh, at Tophill Low nature reserve.