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Time to mark men's bravery
4:22pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Postbag
AS November draws near, the familiar call of “we will remember them” goes out for brave men and women who gave their lives in various conflicts throughout the world.
They have fought for our freedom and way of life and I would like to remind the people of Salisbury of a particular November day when the city could have suffered a disaster of its own but for the bravery of two young men.
Squadron Leader Frank Cooke DFC and Flight Lieutenant Phillip Hayden climbed aboard Canberra Bomber WT326 and took off on a routine test flight.
While flying over Salisbury, the plane suffered a catastrophic failure of both engines.
This being no light aircraft, it started to drop on the city and the pilots crashed in the area which is now Churchill Gardens. In doing so, they gave their own lives to save those in Salisbury. The city has never honoured these brave men and they seem to have been forgotten over the years.
The 60th anniversary of this heroic act is November 27, 2015 and a suitable memorial stone situated at the crash site would be a lasting reminder of how many lives could have been lost but for the bravery of these two men.
We could then say with pride – “we will remember them”.
GH USHER, Salisbury
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