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Search for family of East Yorkshire WWII RAF pilot

Aircraft wreckage
Image caption Parts of the aircraft were uncovered during restoration work on a flood plain

A water company is searching for the family of a World War II RAF pilot who died when his aircraft crashed in 1942.

Yorkshire Water is hoping to get in touch with any relatives of Flt Sgt Angus McBean who was killed in the accident at Hempholme, East Yorkshire.

Fragments of his aircraft were discovered when the firm was working on restoring a nearby flood plain.

The company wants to invite his relatives to the opening ceremony.

Yorkshire Water is naming a new bird-watching hide it has created at nearby Tophill Low Nature Reserve in his honour.

Training flight

A plaque and a small display telling the pilot's story will be unveiled on 6 May, the 70th anniversary of his death.

He died aged 25, when his Bristol Blenheim MK1 twin-engined aircraft crashed while on a night-time training flight.

Richard Hampshire, Yorkshire Water's Tophill Low warden, said: "It was only when we uncovered bits of the wreckage that we learnt of the tragic story of Flt Sgt Angus McBean.

"From that moment on, it seemed only right to do something that honoured his memory, and as [such] we've created a new bird-watching hide near the location of the crash.

"We thought it would be a good idea to name it after him in order that he be remembered forever."

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