Launch success for book uncovering mysterious Cold-War bomber crash in Southwick

A book detailing the mysterious events of a bomber crash in Southwick during the Cold War was launched, with all proceeds going to the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre.

Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 12:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2021, 2:52 pm

Using newspaper reports, accounts from local people and top-secret official documents, Southwick Society chairman Mary Candy uncovered the story of a bomber crash that took place on May 11, 1956.

Details of the historical event were told in the new book, Southwick's Miraculous Escape, which was successfully launched at the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre.

The event was attended by Tim Laughton MP and the leader and chairman of Adur District Council Neil Perkin and Stephen Chipp, who were some of the first to buy the new book.

Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council, Tim Laughton MP and Mary Candy, Southwick Society chairman, at the book launch.

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Many local residents who were buying the book still vividly remembered the horrific crash in 1956 and shared emotional accounts of the event on the morning of the launch.

The book can be purchased for £8 by emailing [email protected]

All proceeds of the sale will go towards the upkeep of the Manor Cottage Heritage Centre.

Wreckage from the crash on Croft Avenue in Southwick. Photo by Peter Sayer