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Longford Lad
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1 of 9  Fri 4th Oct 2013 10:43am  
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Does anybody recall the mid-air plane crash over Exhall in 1949? - wiki link I was very young at the time, but still have vivid memories of watching the wreckage fall from the sky for what seemed like an eternity. The next day, I walked with my father to Exhall, and I remember piles of wreckage guarded by RAF police. Before retiring, I travelled extensively on business, and although I was never afraid of flying, these images have come back to haunt me several times.
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Midland Red
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2 of 9  Fri 4th Oct 2013 10:49am  
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Thanks for posting that - I must admit I hadn't heard of it before What a terrible business Sad
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PhilipInCoventry
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3 of 9  Fri 4th Oct 2013 10:52am  
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Hi Longford Lad Wave Yes. My brother-in-law actually witnessed the mid-air collision, whilst cycling in Hospital lane, Bedworth. There was some info about the event at the recent exhibition in Bedworth at the Heritage centre. This has cropped up in discussions on our forum before, I believe.
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morgana
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4 of 9  Fri 4th Oct 2013 12:18pm  
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Link for the 1949 Exhall air crash details.  Edited by member, 5th Oct 2013 11:45 pm
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deanocity3
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5 of 9  Wed 11th Dec 2013 4:53pm  
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I know where there is film of it
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deanocity3
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6 of 9  Thu 12th Dec 2013 9:35pm  
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Here is the exact spot opposite The Royal Oak Pub on Royal Oak Lane heading from Coventry just before you go over the M6
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downunder
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7 of 9  Thu 29th Jan 2015 5:24am  
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Hi, I also remember the 2 planes crashing, I must have been 9.1/2 and was going home up the jetty when I saw them crash, ran home to tell mum, but no one believed me, until it was in the paper the next day. We lived in Parkstone Road not that far away. Marg
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Jazzdaddy
Coventry
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8 of 9  Sun 31st Jan 2016 2:19pm  
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The collision was between an Anson trainer and a Dakota. There were not many planes in the sky at that time, unlike the wartime when the skies were full of them, myself and a mate were watching the Dakota through a telescope he just had for his birthday when they collided. They came down about a mile away from where we lived in Holbrooks and we got to the crash site before the emergency services arrived. I was twelve, and had lived throughout the war, but the sight of the carnage on that day will never be forgotten
Bob Arnott

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Midland Red
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9 of 9  Mon 19th Feb 2018 11:14am  
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On the Anson, pilot or navigation instructor S/Ldr. Anthony Ronald Rush, 2nd pilot Kazimierz Suwala, signaller George C. Tillian, pupil navigator Cadet John S. Mackison were all killed. Ten people died on the Dakota: captain Sidney McDermott, first officer Geoffrey D. Kershaw, radio officer George W. Stamper, steward John A.T. Smith, Eric M. Cairns, Frank Hauerslev, Pietrangelo Coia, Mr & Mrs Joseph E. Michaels and Henry C. Aitken.
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