Crash landing for Hurricane in Langlees

Jock Brown and his sister Nancy as children in the 1940s with Italian POWs on Dalderse Mill Farm
Jock Brown and his sister Nancy as children in the 1940s with Italian POWs on Dalderse Mill Farm
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Two plane crashes brought a hive of activity to a farm during the Second World War.

Central Scotland Airport in Grangemouth was used to train pilots during part of the conflict and farm manager’s son Jock Brown was living on Dalderse Mill Farm near Langlees at the time.

He was tending to his pigeons when a Hurricane landed on the farm.

Jock (82), from Stenhousemuir, said: “I happened to look up in the sky and there’s this thing coming and the smoke and flames were coming out the cockpit.

“The first thing that went through my mind was ‘he’s had it’, but seemingly he had bailed out and he ended up down in Grangemouth in the basin.

“The other one was a Spitfire. It crashed down at the side of the sewage works. He got killed.

“I went to the crash site later on, but you couldn’t get to it because the Air Force were there. It was just at the side of the ditch that it landed. Luckily that bit of the field they had all lifted, they were working on it 
that day.

“The farm workers were working up in the top bit of it when it crashed.”

Jock also remembers giving up some of the farm’s eggs during rationing. He said: “My father used to hatch a lot. They were sold, but during the war you had to put them in the packing station. They sent out boxes and you had to fill them up.”