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.