I remember one day, whilst walking home
after school from Conway
Primary School, we were walking up Orissa Road, alongside
the back of the old Beasley's
I heard the loud throbbing sound of
lots of aeroplanes' engines. Excitedly I looked up and saw lots
of planes; they were all flying in formation, Suddenly, two
of the planes collided with each other and then, it seemed in
slow motion, wings and pieces of fuselage broke off and began
to fall, spinning down to earth, followed by the two crippled
Being a young child, I wondered if what
I was looking at was for real! Later on, though, the evening
papers were full of the tragic story, with big bold headlines
reporting this spectacular air accident.
From memory, I believe that one plane
crashed into the Thames and the other into the Plumstead Marshes,
with the loss of at least one pilot's life.
I think I was around nine years old
at the time, so this happened around 1953. Maybe they were practising
their fly past routine for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth
II held on the 6th of June 1953.