TWO servicemen killed when their plane crashed just a few feet from houses in Pogmoor almost 80 years ago will be remembered with a service at the site on Thursday.

Bomber pilot Sgt Alexander Hollingworth and air gunner Sgt Alexander Buchanan knew their plane was going down as it flew over densely-populated Barnsley on December 6, 1942.

Sgt Hollingworth chose to aim for a quarry he could see in a clearing between the houses off Cresswell Street, sparing the lives of all those on the ground.

A spokesperson from the Pogmoor Area Residents’ Association, the group behind the event, said: “After a break for the pandemic, we’re resuming our annual memorial on Cresswell Street.

“During the service, a minute’s silence will be held at 10.10am, the time the bomber crashed in the former quarry.”