Forced Landings

Published in Issue 1 (Spring 1998), Letters, Letters, Volume 6

Sir,—I have been commissioned to produce a record of the forcedlandings and crashes of belligerent aircraft—British, German andAmerican—which occurred in neutral Ireland during World War II.Official records show 163 incidents, but there appears to have beenover 200, including those aircraft which fell into territorial waters.
I am anxious to obtain personal reminiscences of as many aspossible, including, of course, any photographs that may exist. Iappreciate that photography was difficult because film was hard to comeby and the taking of photographs was positively frowned upon by theauthorities. Nevertheless, surreptitious photography did takeplace—indeed, I was a culprit myself!
Most of the aircraft involved were dismantled by salvage teams fromthe Air Corps and other Army units, and I would like to hear from thosewho were involved in this work. Any photographs and other materialloaned would be copied and returned promptly, and, of course, dueacknowledgement would be given in the book.—Yours etc.,


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