Canvey Thameside

LOCAL HISTORY

OUR FUTURE EVENTS FOR JANUARY TO MAY 2020 ARE:

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020
Title: Canvey Island – The Dutch connection
Venue: St Anne’s Church Hall, St. Anne’s Road, Canvey
Time: 2pm
Presenters: Canvey Archive Team
Cost: £2

Date: Wednesday 18th March 2020
Title: Anglo Saxon Life and the Prittlewell Prince
Venue: Southend Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend
Time: 10.30am
Presenter: Chris Langdon
Cost: £5

Pay to park is available at Caernarvon Avenue & Civic Centre car parks. Other pay car parks at Victoria Shopping Facility. A little walk from the museum is Sainsbury shop with free parking for customers.

The parking area we have previously used is now a construction site so do please allow time to park.

Chris Langdon is known to us as Robert Colby Blake’s co presenter prior to Robert’s sad passing.

We shall have a lift system operational for those members without transport. Meeting will be behind the Paddocks near the Kiddies play facility. Meet 9.30am and depart 9.40am SHARP.

It would be appreciated if those willing to provide lifts would come to the Paddocks.
I can take 3 passengers. Hope to see as many as possible, Thanks

NO EVENT IN APRIL

Date: Thursday 14th May 2020
Title: Guided Tour of the Palace Theatre, Westcliff
Venue: The Palace Theatre, Westcliff
Time: 11am
Presenters: Rachel Triggs
Cost: £2

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B17 BOMBER CRASH OFF THE POINT – JUNE 1944

This talk was presented to 30 group members (a record attendance), by Mr Alan Jasper.

B17 bomber Alan started his talk by explaining his involvement in finding and recovering crashed aircraft of WW2 and initially after researching the Canvey crash began to look on the marsh areas in 1977. Interestingly, the search was hindered as in the
interim period the position of the ‘ Point’ had moved to the current position having been further out into the Thames Estuary.

The story begins with the day of the crash when, with the Normandy Landings in full swing the Germans had started to launch the V1 (Doodlebugs) at London and southern UK. Bomber command had launched attacks on the launch areas of this weapon and the aircraft were returning from such a mission in France where they were often attacked by German fighter planes. So nearly being back started to relax and this caused one aircraft to lose position and take the top off ‘Heavenly Body’.

This caused the aircraft to lose engine power on one side and commence descent and fly in circles. Those not killed then managed to parachute out, (6 survivors), however, in the aircraft causing the accident only one guy survived as it exploded over All Hallows in Kent.

Now however began the wonderful detail Alan possess. He was able to tell the full story of each airman’s escape and rescue as he has devoted years of contact with the survivors and their families and had met with them and these details although harrowing he presented as proof of the dedication and courage of these young men many still in their teens and most certainly their early 20s.

The pilot Lloyd Burns had lied about his age so that he could ‘go to war’ and was probably only around 19 although claiming to be older. Despite the accident and parachuting with only one harness clip attached, Burns had an horrific time when in the Thames as the parachute was difficult to un harness and acting as a wind sock proceeded to pull him through the water at speed until eventually he managed to release the chute.

Lloyd actually returned to duty 5 days later although it was clear he was not really functioning as before. He was then returned to US as he had already completed his 30+ ops but insisted on praising the Brits for their courage and stoicism.

Alan’s telling of this whole event was detailed and emotive given his immense research of the survivors and their families. Truly engrossing and many thanks to Alan.

The Canvey Archive website has full details, much of it provided by Alan.
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Does anyone have thoughts of possible events, visits or potential talks for 2020/2021.

Future autumn events for 2019 will be shown on this page.
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For enquiries please contact:
Brenda is the Group Convenor – 01268 685367
Alf is a contact for the group – Contact Alf here

or contact Linda, our Groups Co-ordinator, via our Contact page contact

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