DOWN MEMORY LANE: He helped save Beverley’s crew

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The story about a Beverley aircraft which crashed in Bosham 50 years ago jogged the memory of David Holman of Southbourne, who told Down Memory Lane:

I lived at Prinsted at the time and was one of the three civilians who went out to rescue the airmen when the Beverley crashed.

Afterwards there was an RAF parade in our honour at Thorney Island where we were presented with a letter from the Air Ministry and a silver cigarette box, both of which I still have.

I have photos of the engine which broke loose, in someone’s garden in Bosham, just about 20 yards from his conservatory, as well as a photo of the wreckage taken when the tide was out.

One of the survivors contacted me a few years ago.

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