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A plane at the bottom of my aunt's garden

by cambsaction

Contributed by 
cambsaction
People in story: 
Mrs Olive Creek (storyteller) Miss Gladys Stevens (aunt)
Location of story: 
Cambridge
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A5807676
Contributed on: 
19 September 2005

A plane at the bottom of my aunt’s garden

This story comes from 1943. I was in Arbury Road, Cambridge.

The German plane landed at the bottom of Warne Road, on the allotments, at the bottom of my aunt’s garden. The ground was so soft it glided in and landed softly. That’s why it was in perfect condition.

I think it was a Dornier, a German bomber. It was fully loaded with bombs, ready to be dropped on London. The crew had baled out somewhere and cut out the engine. I heard this swish of wind overhead.

The army took over her garden so that they could take all the bombs and examine the plane. It was the first plane to land whole in England at that time.

When the army had finished with the plane, my aunt opened up the garden and charged people for cups of tea and to see it. She made a substantial sum for the Red Cross.

I worked at Marshalls in Cambridge on the planes. I lived in Cambridge at the time.

This story was submitted to the People’s War website by Frances Harris of the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Story Gatherer Team on behalf of Mrs Olive Creek, and has been added to the site with her permission. The author fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.

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