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Daffodils mark the plane crash site

by Warwickshire Libraries Heritage and Trading Standards

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Warwickshire Libraries Heritage and Trading Standards
People in story: 
Terry Barrow & Mrs. Whitlock
Location of story: 
Leamington
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4300002
Contributed on: 
29 June 2005

It was very early on in the war and I was about three years old. A plane went over our house very low and making a strange noise. Mrs. Whitlock was opposite, clipping the hedge and watching the plane. Subsequently I learnt that it was a Whitley Bomber on a training mission. The pilot was a Canadian called Anderson; he was trying to make an emergency landing at Bonickson's aerodrome (Harbury Lane). He unfortunately didn't make it and crashed into a hill just before the airfield. Everyone on board died. The farmer planted the hill where they died with daffodils that were a joy to see for years afterwards, but have disappeared now. When they built South Farm estate in the 1980s they named 'Anderson Drive' after the pilot.

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