The East Wemyss Plane Crash (by Alex Darwood)


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An account of a memorable day in the life of a Fife village

2nd of July 1948 – a fighter plane crashes near the village of East Wemyss. The East Wemyss Plane Crash is an account of this dramatic incident which was sensational at the time and attracted national interest, but is now largely forgotten.

The author researches the events of the day, drawing on records from the Royal Navy and Fleet Air Arm to provide background to the incident. It uses personal memories of eyewitnesses and local residents who experienced the extraordinary event to build a vivid picture of the crash and its tragic aftermath. It also pays tribute to pilot Wifred Waller whose bravery on the day avoided the catastrophic consequences the crash could have had for the village itself.

40 pages, illustrated with black and white photographs throughout.