The site was originally grazed by our cattle, being part of Mill Ground. In the corner of the site (nearest Brackley) is a small wooded area, this is where a bone and glue factory stood many years ago. The concrete footings of this are still just visible in the odd place, there is also a derelict water well by some of the old footings that has now been filled in for safety reasons.


We have always been told stories over the years about a plane that crashed in this field during World War 2, then during the build we were contacted by a brother and sister to ask if we knew the whereabouts of the crash as they were relatives of one of the people onboard. Stanley told them that he was under the impression that it had crashed on the site of the new buildings and after asking a local who could remember watching the plane crash when he was a child, confirmed this. 
Wellington Bomber HZ437 crashed on the 19th May 1943. It was a new aeroplane with just 8 hours flying time. The port engine failed 30 minutes before the accident. It was reported by the RAF that the accident occurred due to the pilot's error of judgement, attempting to go round on one engine following an incorrect approach to Turweston Airfield. All five crew members were killed. They were:
Pilot: Sgt. Sydney Barnes - RAFVR - Aged 21
Nav: P/O. Harold Geoffrey Allen Thompson - RAFVR - Aged 32
Air/Bmr : Sgt Robert Allen - RAFVR - Aged 22
W/Op/Air/Gnr: P/O. Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf - RCAF - Aged 21
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward James Roberts - Aged 19

 

The relations of P/O Raymond Kenneth Van Cleaf who had asked about the crash site asked if they could plant a tree in memory of the crew. Van Cleaf was a Canadian and they have planted a Canadian Red Oak tree close to the crash site. At the same time we were try to think of a new name for the new farm and Red Oak Farm seemed the right thing to do, a final and fitting tribute to the crew of Wellington Bomber HZ437.