Beaufighter crash near the Dotterel Inn Reighton

 Our area has certainly seen its fair share of mishaps involving aircraft.  During World War Two allied and axis aircraft were almost a daily sight in the skies over Filey.  Flamborough Head was used by all pilots in good weather as a visual reference point to guide them visually both outward bound to bomb targets in Europe and inward to bomb airfields in our area. Some aircraft crashed out at sea, low on fuel, lost in fog, or damaged by enemy fire.  The majority crashed on land, limping back inland to the airfields of Wartime Yorkshire.

The East Coast Aircraft Research Group (E.C.A.R.G) has worked for many years to research, locate and in some cases excavate the crash sites of such aircraft to further the knowledge and history regarding this subject.

 Our research regarding many of the aircraft crashes which occurred in the vicinity of Filey has been recorded in the form of a loose leaf book entitled “Down to Earth!” pieces of aircraft have been found in recent years on the beaches to the South of Filey.  The sea still gives up artefacts in remarkably good condition even after 60 years.

  We are members of the British Aviation Archaeological Council (B.A..A.C) and work closely with the Ministry of Defence, local landowners and eye-witnesses to work in a thorough and professional manner.

 The Filey Bay Research Group supports the work of E.C.A.R.G.

© The Filey Bay Research Group July 2017

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