The wireless on the aircraft had stopped working so the pilot decided to head for the coast and he ended up at Brighton. After circling round on the seafront looking for somewhere to land he turned inland until he spotted the green area of the Avenue and decided to land their as he was running short of petrol.
Several local people use their motorbike or car headlights to guide the pilot onto the Avenue Green where he managed to land safely in spite of hitting telephone and cable relay lines. The aircraft was only slightly damaged with the loss of a wingtip.
The event was recorded in 3 local newspapers, to read the stories as they were written please click on the links below: -
|The Evening Argus 17 May 1939|
|The Brighton and Hove Herald 20 May 1939|
|The Brighton and Hove Gazette 20 May 1939|
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