Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Westbrook Hawker Hurricane crash 2nd June 1940
Opposite the the old Westbrook Bathing Pavilion on the flat chalk bedrock is the crash site of a second world war Hawker Hurricane. The crash site is nothing more than a deep hole in the chalk filled with sand and is very difficult to find amongst the other sand bars on the flat chalk bed rock. During the 1990's a beachcomber friend of mine found this hole and dug out the remaining Hawker Hurricane parts to form his own collection. Recently, Simon Moores of Thanetlife viewed this collection and gave it a mention on his blog.
The Hawker Hurricane had been returning from a mission over Dunkirk on 2nd June 1940 when it ran into difficulties in which the pilot officer Robert Wilson bailed out and survived.
Sadly Pilot Officer Robert Wilson was to be killed in action on Sunday 11th August 1940 at 14:25 hrs engaged in combat with ME109's and crashing in the sea off Margate.
The information I have for down loading and is a good reference and comes from the archive of John Williams.