Beacon Field: Penny Proffit

The plane was a DC·4 and the story was that the pilot had been told to bring the plane down to a two hundred foot level. This hill is exactly two hundred feet. He had his landing gear down and the landing gear actually came through the lilac hedge, just like you were making a perfect landing. Then it was immediately after that, the disaster befell it. The wing hit the little pump house that they had up there. It sheared it off just like it had been cut off with a razor blade, wing height. It ran through some hedges and down this little valley right across the street. The left wing hit into the bank and flew up on the hill. It nosed over, stood on its nose and was on fire at that time. None of the people were killed. I think the co-pilot lost an eye. All the survivors got out safely. Nylon stockings were very much sought after at that time. The survivors of the crash came up to the house and this woman says, "Oh my goodness, I've torn my nylons." I guess that was one of the biggest disasters.

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