Record Details

NHER Number:21899
Type of record:Monument
Name:World War Two Hurricane plane crash site


This is the crash site of a Hurricane plane which flew out of Sutton Bridge with a Polish pilot. The crash was the result of a midair collision and occurred around 1940, and when the plane was excavated the Merlin engine was found to be in excellent condition.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TF 5950 1589
Map Sheet:TF51NE

Full description

About 1940. Crash site. Northeast of Bank Farm, Saddlebow.
Hurricane from RAF Sutton Bridge.
Excavated 6 October 1985 by Fenland Aircraft Preservation Society. Merlin engine recovered 'best condition of any yet found'. Aircraft crashed after midair collision and Polish pilot buried at Sutton Bridge. Remains of plane excavated at 14ft (4m) depth and no other finds made.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 November 1985.

Monument Types

  • AIRCRAFT (World War Two - 1939 AD to 1945 AD)
  • AIRCRAFT CRASH SITE (World War Two - 1940 AD? to 1940 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
<S1>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1985. 'Plane crew' defy years to find rarity. 7 October.
<S2>Newspaper Article: The Times. 1986. Back in trim. 24 November.

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