Picture stirs memories of three allied plane crashes

The thatched cottages opposite St James's Church, Clanfield, brought memories flooding back for Ray Adlam
The thatched cottages opposite St James's Church, Clanfield, brought memories flooding back for Ray Adlam
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Ray Adlam was moved to get in touch after being despatched down memory lane by this photograph.

It shows children playing in the lane beside thatched cottages opposite St James’s Church, Clanfield.

Ray, who now lives in Gloucester, was born in the village in 1932 and the picture will stir more childhood memories I’m sure.

He also enjoyed another recent Remember When picture of Chalton windmill up on the downs above the village.

Ray says: ‘It reminded me of the times when I would walk from Clanfield up to the windmill, which was a great attraction.

‘But what many readers may not know is during the Second World War a Short Stirling bomber crashed in the vicinity of the windmill.’

He adds that his father was a member of the Home Guard and his squad was sent to protect the crash site before an Air Ministry investigation began.

Ray was told that the crew baled out.

‘Apart from this one and the Mosquito crash at Horndean – I viewed the damage the day after that crash – I also saw a Fairey Firefly with obvious engine trouble circling above Hyden Wood when it disappeared beyond the trees and crashed on East Meon downs, killing the crew. Three aircraft crashes in quite a small area of Hampshire.’