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Offline Furball

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Re: Plaque for crashed WWII Spitfire pilot
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 21:08:17 »
My mother and grandfather watched this happen. She said she’d never seen him move as fast as he did, jumped the garden fence and run up to the crash site (out the back of Herne School), but couldn’t get near, as the wreckage was burning, and the ammunition was exploding everywhere. The pilot bailed out, but the wing cut through the top of the parachute and he was killed on impact. Grandad was a special constable, and was the one who rang Manston to tell them where to collect the aircraft remains, apparently the Boy Scouts were the ones who guarded the wreckage, and when the RAF turned up to take it away (with a Queen Mary trailer) they were somewhat annoyed to find they couldn’t get the trailer anywhere near it, and would have carry everything back to the road, so they said to grandad that if he wanted anything, to take it, as they wouldn’t have to bother with it then.

There was a 3’ x 4’ chunk of fuselage in his shed for years - I think my uncle gave it to a Museum where the pilot came from in the end.


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Re: Plaque for crashed WWII Spitfire pilot
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 20:37:12 »
Albert Hugo Friday
Born about 1922
Parents Berthold Leonard Friday, and of Ruby Friday, of Hackney.

Service No: 119493
Buried Brookwood Military Cemetery Plot 22 A 6


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Re: Plaque for crashed WWII Spitfire pilot
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2018, 18:50:48 »
Albert Hugo Friday. Pilot Officer RAFVR. of No. 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron RAF based at RAF Redhill flying the Spitfire Mk lX.
Died 30th August 1942 aged 20.
Buried Brookward Military Cemetery Surrey.

At 14.15hrs on Sunday 30th August 1942 P/O Friday and P/O Graham took off to intercept a high flying Junkers JU88 on a reconnissance over south-east England. The enemy aircraft was sighted but the pair could not get enough height to engage. At 20,000 ft P/O Friday's aircraft broke up and he baled out. Unfortunately he was hit by parts of his own aircraft, Friday landing in a tree near Blacksole Bridge, Herne Bay.
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In March 2016, a pedestrian footbridge, named The Albert Hugo Friday Bridge, was placed in position alongside Blacksole Bridge.

Photos of memorial to P/O Friday on Reculver Road Hearne Bay. © David Anstiss via

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Re: Plaque for crashed WWII Spitfire pilot
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2009, 20:05:54 »
Good news :)

And what a great name :)
Maybe it's big horse I'm a Londoner. :{


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Plaque for crashed WWII Spitfire pilot
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 19:57:04 »
A man who saw a Spitfire plane crash in Herne Bay during World War II has unveiled a plaque to the dead pilot, Albert Hugo Friday.

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