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Basil Blackman with Halifax propeller hub
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Basil Blackman with Halifax propeller hub

Basil Blackman lived close to High Beeches where the Halifax bomber crashed in March 1943. He remembers the plane coming down and the sound of bullets going off in the fire. Some forty years later he came upon a large rusty metal object which was identified as being one of the aircraft propeller hubs.
Basil’s grandfather, Bob Stoner, was night watchman at the stables on the night the plane came down and became a local hero when he dashed into the blazing ruins and rescued Mrs Sarah Loder, the invalid mother of Col. Giles Loder. She died fairly soon after the incident, aged 87.
The Document shows two newspaper cuttings relating to Basil and his grandfather.

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Picture added on 13 January 2015 at 15:01
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Jim Biggs of Hoadlands Cottages remembers Basil telling his story to the newspapers and in particularly recalls that when Basil posed for the photograph he was clutching a number of chestnuts which he had just picked off the ground.
Quite a bizarre piece of trivial knowledge!

Added by Barry Ray on 27 November 2016
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