Cold War bomber found buried in Lacock

Wiltshire Times: Inset, Paul Moran with the aluminium strap from the B36: main pic, the woods near Lacock where the B36 crashed in 1953 Inset, Paul Moran with the aluminium strap from the B36: main pic, the woods near Lacock where the B36 crashed in 1953

Visitors are always welcome to join mid Wilts Video Society evenings and quite a number of well-informed visitors arrived to listen to Paul Moran of the Devizes Video Club’s presentation on The B36 and Lacock.

Russian intrigue, happening even today in the tussle over Crimea and the Ukraine, underlined his fascinating tale of American Cold War development of the enormous B36 Peacemaker aircraft and associated weaponry.

The talk was illustrated by still photographs of the brute and archive film.

Video of Paul personally excavating the site near Lacock where a B36 had crashed in 1953 was shown and he brought a small souvenir of the dig, an aluminium strap which holds the oil cooler to the engine, to the meeting.

Paul ‘digs’ the internet as well, finding film and stills charting the career the B36 aircraft which had 10 engines, and could stay aloft for a couple of days. Fuel usage and noise were enormous.

Coming up in future is a talk on Viral Advertising. See www.midwiltsvideo society.co.uk

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12:10pm Sun 18 May 14

old 'arry says...

I woke up in my bed in our house in Melksham when the aircraft flew overhead very low before crashing. In Lowbourne school next day Headmaster "Jack" Linley asked anybody who had found any ammunition to hand it in to the police. The sixteen man crew of this huge aircraft had bailed out. Sadly all but 2 were killed 10 months later in a crash near El Paso in the USA.
I woke up in my bed in our house in Melksham when the aircraft flew overhead very low before crashing. In Lowbourne school next day Headmaster "Jack" Linley asked anybody who had found any ammunition to hand it in to the police. The sixteen man crew of this huge aircraft had bailed out. Sadly all but 2 were killed 10 months later in a crash near El Paso in the USA. old 'arry
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