20 September 2010
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.
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
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.
find out more detail about the incident.
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.
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.
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
meantime, here is a preview of the recently completed model.