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Lib Dem Bulletin reveals Diary record of 1942 Bomber Crash near West Malling Station.

February 13, 2019 4:52 PM

Research into the Planning Application for a new 204 space car park opposite More Park RC Primary School, Lucks Hill, revealed a little known WWII plane crash. On 11th Sept in 1942, a Sterling Bomber on his return from a bombing raid on Dusseldorf was attempting to land at West Malling Airfield. He failed to make it, smashing into a part of the Lucks Hill wall which now surrounds the school, and ditching in the orchard
beyond. All six crew members were killed.

The details came to light when a resident read Trudy's local email news Bulletin and told us she had Colonel Luck's diary in which the crash was recorded. Colonel Luck lived in the Hermitage behind St Thomas More RC Church and owned several large Swan St. houses.

Aviation Author Robin Brooks added more details for us about the flight's purpose & crew. Trudy will be exploring and hopefully adding a new Blue Plaque to commemorate the loss of the crew members.