THIS WEEK IN 1971: Couple discovered Bentine wreckage

The wrecked plane in Queen Elizabeth Country Park (5234-2)

The wrecked plane in Queen Elizabeth Country Park (5234-2)

Alan Sanger and his cousin Audrey (with their backs to the camera) are in the centre of this historic blitz picture taken at Fratton.

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A couple taking a wedding anniversary stroll found the wreckage of a plane known to have been carrying comedian Michael Bentine’s son, Stuart, 21, and his friend Andrew Slade, 24.

A Mr and Mrs Marsh of Cowplain, were walking through Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, when they discovered the wrecked light aircraft which had vanished on a flight to the Isle of Wight two months earlier. Both bodies were inside.

Mrs Marsh said: ‘It was in a very dense part of the forest. We passed the spot only three weeks ago and hadn’t seen anything,’

The near-intact cockpit and fuselage of the bright yellow Piper Cub had been hidden among thick woodland and dense undergrowth since August 28, when it reportedly nose-dived into the forest.

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