Plane crashes during World War II
Interviewed for MAOHP - 12/01/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_014_C
Tony Kearns, a civilian historian to the Irish Air Corps has spent over fifty years researching and writing about the organisation. In this clip which comes from the third in a series of interviews undertaken by Michael J. Whelan, Tony discusses some of the many plane crashes which occured in Ireland during World War II (the Emergency). He speaks about the circumstances of some World War II crashes, including one incident when the pilot drowned in a bog, due to the plane turning upside down, which was caused by the pilot landing wheels down. Tony also refers to a Mosquito aircraft which crashed in Galway after circling for a long period of time and the plane caught fire. Tony states that a local man tried to help the pilot out but wasn't able to free him from the aircraft.