Friday, 7 November 2008

De Havilland Vampire T.11 XE854

De Havilland Vampire T.11 XE854:Memorial
Neglected Crash Site Memorial
Originally uploaded by seansonofbig2

The parents of the teenage pilot placed this memorial in the crater caused by his crashing his jet into the ground after disobeying orders in order to fly low over his home whilst supposedly on a training flight.

He had previously got away this with on several occasions in prop 'planes, but this time he became disoriented in cloud, and hit the ground with fatal results.

If this seems a harsh summary of events, Pat Cunnigham's is less generous still.

The pilot's ashes are also interred here.

Location: SK 43346 95752

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