The Second Accident 25 years later, 12th of March 1941, A trainer Aircraft called a “Master “number :N7831 of Squadron 55OTU, Collided with a barrage Balloon, here is a quote from “Tom Grahams WW2 Memories :
I had my sixth birthday two months later. I didn't really know what to expect. I soon found out. German bombers arrived shortly, flying in along the Tyne valley from South Shields to Newcastle, trying to hit the shipyards and factories along that stretch. By now, of course, we were getting ready to try and stop them. Many Royal artillery guns were sited on both sides of the river, together with barrage balloons flying on metal cables. These balloons were sometimes successful. German bombers sometimes struck the cables and cut off a wing or propeller, which caused them to crash.
My sad memory of this was an occasion when a British plane struck a cable and crashed to the ground at the bottom of Wellington Street, Felling. The pilot was killed but I like to think he died a hero as I believe he stayed with the plane as long as he could so as to hit the little cobbled area at the bottom of the street and missing the other streets of terraced houses.
The pilot was believed to be a Dutchman buried in St Mary’s church yard, but both seem to be a mystery to history or the media and photos or help and assistance be great,
« Back to index | View thread »