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Heroic Dambuster pilot in street name honour

An artist's impression of Lancaster bombers from the RAF's No 617 Squadron attacking the Moehne dam in Nazi Germany using one of Barnes Wallis's bouncing bombs during the historic 'Dambusters' raid on May 17, 1943

An artist's impression of Lancaster bombers from the RAF's No 617 Squadron attacking the Moehne dam in Nazi Germany using one of Barnes Wallis's bouncing bombs during the historic 'Dambusters' raid on May 17, 1943

The name of a heroic World War Two pilot killed on the legendary Dambuster Raid has been suggested for a new street.

Vernon William Byers died on May 16, 1943, when his Lancaster was shot down by flak off the Dutch coast.

It has been proposed that Byers Walk in Buckshaw Village is named after the 32-year-old Canadian.

Chorley Council has asked Euxton Parish Council - which covers Buckshaw Village - for its views.

If it is accepted, it will be in keeping with the area’s proud links to the famous raid on the German dams in the Ruhr valley. For workers at the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton - on which Buckshaw Village has sprung up - filled 19 ‘bouncing bombs’ for the raid.

Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bomb, has already been used to name Barnes Wallis Way in the village.

The raid by RAF 617 Squadron was called Operation Chastise. PO Byers’ Lancaster was to bomb the Sorpe Dame.

After it was hit, it crashed into the Waddenzee West of Harlingen and was the first aircraft shot down on the operation with the loss of all the crew.

Debra Platt, clerk to Euxton Parish Council, said: “The council will consider the proposal at a meeting tonight.”

Site developers submit names to Chorley Council.

Deputy leader, councillor Peter Wilson, said: “We have quite detailed guidelines for developers to take into consideration when they are choosing street names for their developments from such things as reflecting the history or geography of the area, to not being difficult or awkward to pronounce or spell. We also check there’s no duplication of existing street names within the borough and then we consult with the relevant parish council.”

 

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