THAMESIDE AVIATION MUSEUM
"THE FIRST ONE 1974"
This was the first excavation carried out by the Essex Historical Aircraft Society
On the morning of 3rd September 1940 AT 10.00hrs, A 257 squadron Hurricane, P3518 took off from Martlesham Heath, Suffolk with Pilot Officer. Camille Robespierre Bon Seigneur at the controls
TAKEN FROM THE OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK OF 257 SQDN: FOR THE DAY,3/9/1940.
The whole squadron took off from MARTLESHAM under the command of S/Ldr HARKNESS & was involved in a combat with enemy raiders in the CHELMSFORD area. In the combat P/O BONSEIGNEUR was shot down and killed after baling out at INGATESTONE.
This picture was taken on the day of the excavation in 1974 looking west
left to right; Chick Lowing, Unknown, David Campbell, Robin Hill, Fred Dunn, Colin Wingrave.
THE DIG ON AUGUST 10TH 1974
On 10th August 1974, the then Essex Historical Aircraft Society carried out their first major excavation the remains of which are displayed at the museum. The team on the dig were ; Fred Dunn, Dave Campbell, Roger Pickett, Robin Hill, Ron Wingrave, Chick Lowin and Colin Wingrave .
The Merlin Engine From P 3518 which is on display in the museum
Below is taken from a Canadian web site CLICK HERE
CAHS Regina member Will Chabun writes:
Within one week in mid-August, 1990, I received two requests (one from
Britain, one from Manitoba) for information on, or a photo of, a young
man who lived here for more than 60 years ago. What gives?