HISTORY enthusiast Graham Lelliott’s book on a downed German bomber has prompted one reader to get in touch with the Herald.
Mr Charles Walker explained his wife, who had lived close to the crash site of the Heinkel aircraft in August 1940, had witnessed it being shot down.
He said: “My wife Jean, whose surname at the time was Wyatt) lived at Honeysuckle Lane, High Salvington, and was one of the first people on site when the German plane crashed.
“She, with her brothers Bernard and William were one of those who took items from the plane.
“They took a gun which eventually went missing when they moved (it was a rear gun) and a bottle, which is in the possesssion of her son, Clive Lewis.
“She still remembers the event very clearly.
“At the time of the crash her father Bill was the first on the scene and he spoke to the pilot, who indicated he wanted water.
“The other occupant had been shot in the chest, and although he was not aware of it at the time, was dying.
“By the time he had gone back home to get the water he had passed away.”