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The Clyde "Sparky" W Cosper Memorial. A History of its Foundation.

The remembrance of a B-17 pilot, tragically killed when his aircraft 42-31038 GY-N 306 B.G. crashed at Princess Risborough Buckinghamshire, on the 13th November 1943.

Clydes aircraft was one of the many hundreds of aircraft that had been investigated by the Booker Aircraft Museum.
The details of these sites had been accumulated over many years of research undertaken by the museum. Chairman David King along with other members of the museum were also part of former recovery and research group, The Chilton Aircraft Preservation Group.

During 1989 David was approached at the museum by The Bucks Herald (Princess Risborough local newspaper).
They had been informed by a local resident that a large aircraft had crashed close to the towns railway station, and wanted to know if we had any knowledge of such an incident. As this site had been previously visited on a number of occasions during the 1970's and early 1980's, we did indeed have a great number of details that had been researched we could pass onto them.

The following week based on this information they produced an article relating to Clyde's tragic crash. Following the articles publication it received a great deal of interest from local residents who in turn came forward with their stories of the incident. Again a reporter (Time Robinson) from the paper contacted David to see if he was able to assist with further information. At this stage David was able to supply Tim with all crew details along with some contact details of crew members he had been in contact with. He also informed Tim that the museum was always interested in promoting interest in these tragic losses in the hope that those who had lost their lives could be remembered in a positive way such as a memorial. With this in mind he informed Tim that the museum would be taking out a licence from the M.O.D. for a further in-depth investigation at the crash site, in the hope of locating further items of interest and to assist in the promotion of further local interest into this tragedy.

Over the next few months the paper produced numerous articles relating to the crash, and following receipt of a licence for the crash site numerous investigations were undertaken. It was during one of these investigations that a number of very interesting and poignant artefacts were recovered.

Following the discovery of further items Tim Robinson was informed and was invited to visit the museum where he could also view the items recovered from the crash site. It was also at this time that interest in erecting a memorial to Clyde in the town, was also starting to gain momentum.


Princess Risborough library many other artefacts relating to Clyde Cospers aircraft, including his cap badge and dog tag supplied by David King, chairman of the Booker Aircraft Museum (Now Aircrew Remembrance Society Chairman) following the investigation undertaken by the museum at the crash site. As well as supplying these items for this exhibition, David was the driving force for the instigation of this memorial supplying all vital information such as crew contact details and numerous other details relating to this tragic loss. David also gave lectures in the town in relation to this aircraft and others in the area, as part of the promotion and fund raising to establish the memorial.

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Alec Kennedy left. Tim Robinson right. Seen here at Princess Risborough library holding propeller blade from a B-17, along with many other artefacts relating to Clyde Cospers aircraft, including his cap badge and dog tag supplied by David King, chairman of the Booker Aircraft Museum (Now Aircrew Remembrance Society Chairman) following the investigation undertaken by the museum at the crash site. As well as supplying these items for this exhibition, David was the driving force for the instigation of this memorial supplying all vital information such as crew contact details and numerous other details relating to this tragic loss. David also gave lectures in the town in relation to this aircraft and others in the area, as part of the promotion and fund raising to establish the memorial.