Lancaster crash at Thurnby Lodge.
In 1944/5 although I was a pupil at the
City Boys I had joined the Wyggeston Boys branch of the ATC
(Air Training Cadets) with two of my friends Peter Ball and Mich
On the 8th April 1945 we were taken up in
a Dakota aircraft. This was a plane for dropping parachutists and
the large door at the side was missing. I can remember well keeping
clear of the hole!!
I cannot remember where we flew from but
it must have been Stoughton as we had gone there on our bicycles.
When we were returning to land the pilot saw that a Lancaster bomber
had crashed below us and flew over for us to see. We identified
where it was and on landing we jumped on our bikes and raced to
the crash. When we got there armed RAF personnel were guarding the
site, but because we were in uniform and told them that we had seen
the crash from the air they let us look round the scattered crash
Looking back it was a bit morbid
By Geoff Phillips