The glider that came down in Runwell, June 1944.
Whilst talking to Stuart Hawes re. his and Vic’s comments about my article on Church End Farm, he said Vic had spoken about the glider that came down on Mallinson’s farm in June 1944. There had been many gliders towed across the sky but no one knew why until much later when details of the D-Day landings came through.
Stuart and Vic ran across the fields to the glider and were the first on the scene. The glider was on the ground with its nose section open. A small jeep with its gun was driven out. The men didn’t speak to the lads but Stuart did tell them the quickest way to the main road and off they went – still no words were spoken. Stuart remembers a pile of ham sandwiches in the cockpit and he really fancied one. The airmen were in American uniform and probably came from Wethersfield airbase.
The next person on the scene was Mr Shipley from Jersey Gardens, he was one of the Special Constables and had a bicycle shop where he let people leave their bikes for a small fee whilst they went up to the station to catch the train. Stuart said the effort of getting there had nearly killed him.
Several people from Waverley Crescent and Brock Hill had been watching the gliders when one broke away. They made their way up the small green lane opposite Mrs Frewin’s shop (next door to Warren’s Garage) to where it had come down in Mallinson’s field. People kept coming to have a look. My husband, Henry, took several schoolfriends across the fields to see the glider before it was taken away.