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billbaker

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Spitfire crash at the OXO grounds.
« on: February 27, 2014, 01:03:07 PM »
Does anyone remember the Spitfire that came down on the cricket pitch at the OXO grounds in Calmont road on Sunday 20th September 1959? it was returning to Biggin Hill with a Hurricane after the flypast over London, my brother and I saw it coming down low over The Garden Gate Pub and the engine was misfiring, the Hurricane circled low over Downham and we could see the pilot quite clearly, by the time we reached the OXO grounds which only took us a couple of minutes, the spitfire had crashed right across the cricket pitch and the pilot was out and standing on the pavilion in his shirtsleeves having a cuppa with the cricket team who fortunately had stopped playing for tea, there were pieces of broken propellor scattered around and pitch.
The pilot was Air Vice Marshal (Paddy) McGuire KCB DSO OBE and the Spitfire was number SL574. it was later  repaired and is now in The San Diego Air Museum in California.
 Read about in at: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?104871-Spitfire-stops-play-just-not-cricket!

Bill.