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20 September 2010  

An exhibition will be held at Bromborough Library during the first week in October to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the incidents which occurred on the border between New Ferry and Bromborough during the dark days of World War Two.

On 8th October 1940, a lone Junkers 88 bomber was on a mission to attack the Rootes Aircraft Factory in Speke.  However, as it approached its target, it was spotted by a squadron of Czech pilots as they took off in their Hurricane fighter planes for a routine patrol in the skies above the Mersey.

The Hurricanes immediately attacked the German aircraft, causing it to crashland on recently reclaimed land next to the river, close to the entrance to Bromborough Dock.  One of the crew was killed, whilst the surviving three pilots were taken prisoner.

You can find out more detail about the incident.

NFRAG Chair, Mark Anthony Craig, who is also a member of the Northern Forties re-enactment group, has commissioned the building of a scale model of the stricken Junkers bomber immediately after it had been shot down.  The model and other wartime artefacts will be displayed at Bromborough Library from Tuesday 5th October until Thursday 7th October.

In addition, local historian Colin Schroeder has been invited to give a talk about the incident and other Luftwaffe bombings and crashes on Wirral during World War Two.  The talk will be at 6.00pm until 7.00pm on the evening of Tuesday 5th October.  Mark Anthony Craig will also be displaying his rare collection of original Luftwaffe pilot memorabilia including flightsuits, lifejackets and flying helmets.  Doug Darroch, curator of the Fort Perch Rock museum at New Brighton will also be attending with items recovered from the wreckage.  Numbers are limited to 40, so if you wish to attend, pre-booking will be essential.  Please ring Bromborough Library on 0151 334 1650 to book your place.

On Friday 8th October the display will be relocated to Fort Perch Rock where Colin Schroeder will repeat his presentation at 7.30pm and the model and Mark's Luftwaffe artefacts will be displayed there throughout the day and evening.  Entry to the evening presentation will be free, although a donation to the museum would be most welcome.

In the meantime, here is a preview of the recently completed model.