On 6th September 2016 the LG Groves awards will take place at the site of the accident on the hill above Crowcombe Court; relatives of the 9 airmen who died, previous LG Groves prize winners and members of the MET office and ACAS will all be present.
The field in which the Halifax MET MK III crashed in 1945 is known today as aircrash field - it is located on the hill above Crowcombe Hall in Somerset in the Quantock Hills (location is shown below).
Major Keith and Dorothy Groves set up the LG Groves awards in 1946 in memory of their only son Louis Grimble Groves who died in an air accident on 10th September 1945.
Today that legacy lives on and has been supported by the RAF, the MET, the MOD and various direct family members ever since.
Major Keith Grimble Groves presided over the awards from 1946 until his death in 1979, when Colonel Jocelyn James Groves his nephew took over. In 1985 Jim's son Jeremy Grimble Groves took over for the next 18 years until his death in 2003.
Today the awards is represented by Jeremy's son Anthony Grimble Groves who is Major Keith Grimble Groves' Great Great Nephew.
For the 70th Anniversary of the LG Groves Awards, we have committed to contacting the families of the 8 other airmen in order to involve them in the memorial event at Crowcombe in Somerset; to find out more about this event please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org