An impromptu visit to a churchyard unlocked the dramatic story of an airman killed in one of the RAF's worst wartime disasters. Steve Hunnisett reveals the story behind a suburban grave
“The grave at which Sam and I had stopped to chat held a more unusual story – as if its occupant wanted us to know more”
Most readers will have seen them, perhaps when visiting a local churchyard for the melancholy duty of attending a funeral, or when simply exploring an unfamiliar part of the country. We’ve probably all noticed the familiar headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and wondered why a particular serviceperson should be resting not in a corner of a foreign field, but much closer to home.