Archives: Pilot rescued from burning wreck

Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives
Nostalgia - from The Standard's archives

1940: A Gosberton pilot owed his life to the gallantry of two civilian brothers after his aircraft crashed into a church steeple in Northumberland close to a school of 220 children.

Pilot-Sgt Edward Marshall and two crew members were trapped in the plane as it caught fire.

Brothers Robert and George Longstaff immediately ran to help. When they reached the blazing plane, 
machine gun bullets were exploding from the heat. They saw a door in the fuselage open and a hand reach out and together they dragged the pilot out. Without any regard for their own safety, they then ran back to save the other two men trapped inside.

One was entangled in the control wires.

Inspite of the intense heat, the brothers vainly struggled to free him. The plane was completely burned out a few minutes later.

1940: A loud explosion heard from Boston to Skegness one afternoon turned out to be an enemy mine harmlessly exploded on the shores of the Wash between Wainfleet and Friskney.

1970: A bus driver had a lucky escape when his bus swerved into the front of an empty shop, just yards from the old town bridge.

The accident was caused by a blow-out on one of the front tyres of the bus, which demolished part of the shop.

There were no passengers on the bus, and the man at the wheel, Norman Leachman, of London Road, Boston, was not hurt.

1970: House hunters in Boston were said to be ‘spoilt for choice’ with an unprecidented 1,000 homes or more on view in estate agents’ windows.

1970: The Boston Terrier of the Year title was brought back to the Boston area - where the breed has its origins - when local dog ‘Enery won four awards at Crufts - including the Mona Lisa Trophy.

‘Enery, owned by May Tory, of Wyberton, was a miracle dog – being part of a litter where his mother died during birth. Unless an animal has colostrum from its mum’s milk it was said to rarely survive.