Long Live The Queen

A rare Queen Mary trailer with a Bedford OXC prime mover has come up for sale in New Zealand, having been restored by Michael Kemp. He recorded the project in his book ‘Sir Keith Park and me! 1940-2020’. The following is an extract published with his permission

There was a war incident in 1943 that I remember well. I was at the primary school in Cleadon Village Boldon Lane, Sunderland along with 53 other children. We had been painting pictures on a Friday about lunchtime, sitting around our desks having our packed lunches and a drink of milk. Suddenly we heard an aeroplane making this terrible sound as it approached our school.

The noise was getting worse by the second. Miss Harrison – our teacher – shouted to us to get under our small desks for protection. The noise was deafening as the plane roared overhead. It was only a few feet above the trees in the schoolyard.

The big bird crashed in a field 200 yards from our school. We asked Miss Harrison if we could go and see the plane, but her reply was “No!” It was a British Wellington twin-engined bomber that apparently had run out of fuel and had to make a forced landing.

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