Man’s local reminder of war

A Fairey Swordfish the same as the aircraft which crashed.
A Fairey Swordfish the same as the aircraft which crashed.

A former Arbroath man has spoken of his memories of the day a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber crashed in the village of Letham.

Last month the Herald reported on a plea for information from Patrick Anderson over the whereabouts of a memorial cross marking the spot where the plane came down.

And now Edward Robertson, who now lives in Newport, Gwent, has been in touch to share what he remembers from that fateful day in February 1943.

He said: “At the time I was just six years old and was out walking with my parents along the path by the lake in the Brothock Valley, this was of course before the area was developed for leisure purposes.

“I knew it had to be a Saturday because my dad was with us and he had every other Saturday off work during wartime.

“We heard the plane pass overhead and then the engine cut out, restarted and after a few splutters finally die.

“To see a plane literally drop out of the sky left an indelible impression on my young mind and memories flooded back when I read your article. It is something I can still see in my mind’s eye with startling clarity.

“I knew nothing of the exact site of the crash nor the airmen’s identities until I read of them in your newspaper.

“Not a happy memory but a sharp reminder of one of the grim sides of warfare on the home front.”