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    Hi all
    I was driving back from Limerick yesterday and noticed a roadside memorial, on the N7, to three deceased members of the Air Corps, relating to an incident that happened on December 10th, 1940. An Officer, an NCO and a Private were killed.The memorial stone was modern, with the Air Corps crest and an ONE crest.There was another stone, erected by the civic authorities, a foot or two behind and to the left of the frontispiece. Both were well-kept and in good order.
    Anyone have any details of the accident?

  • #2

    "Joe Carroll also tells of a tragic accident that took place at Wilmot's Hollow, Lisnagry on December 10, 1940, when three members of the Irish Air Corps were killed. They were part of a party of seven who were travelling in a covered army truck to Rineanna (now Shannon) airport with an aircraft starter battery urgently required by an Air Corps aircraft that was stranded at the airport. Driving conditions were bad, it was raining heavily, and suddenly the windscreen wipers of the truck stopped working. The road was narrow with steep inclines to the grass margins on both sides. the truck left the road and toppled over. Three of the men in the covered part of the truck were killed. They were Lieutenant Lee, Corporal Myles and Private Lynch. A monument, erected by the Limerick branch of O.N.E. now marks the spot where they died"

    Daly's Cross 3
    OS Map Ref. R 664 608
    Road: N7 County Limerick
    This memorial is about half a mile on the Limerick side of the junction.

    This memorial is erected to the memory of
    Lieutenant Herbert J. Lee
    Corporal Harry A. Myles
    Private Robert Lynch

    who lost their lives at this site
    on Dec. 10, 1940
    while serving with the Irish Air Corps.
    Grant them Eternal Rest.
    Erected by their friends and members of
    the Organization of National Ex-Servicemen
    Unveiled Dec. 9th. 1973
    by Capt. M. Moloney, Air Corps Retired -- a Survivor

    10th Dec 1940 was a Tuesday.
    Read extracts from published account of this accident
    Last edited by Joshua; 27 September 2007, 13:15.


    • #3
      Hi Josh
      Thanks for that.I never heard about this as long as I was in the place.


      • #4
        Good spot Gttc and well done on information Josh. Exactly the sort of footnote that might slip through the more aviation based histories of the IAC. Incidentally, that roadside memorials website is a remarkable in concept and in level of detail but valuable nonetheless.