Lutonian mechanic in air crash

[From the Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: April 8th, 1919]

On Wednesday afternoon last a Vickers twin-engined aeroplane, flying from Leighton Buzzard to Norwich, whilst attempting to land near Fornham All Saints School, Bury St Edmunds, suddenly 'span' when a few yards from the ground, owing to engine trouble, crashing badly.

The pilot, Mr Henshaw (late Captain, RAF), and the mechanic, Mr A. E. Wilkes, who lives at 15 Alfred Street, Luton, had very narrow escapes, the latter being rather badly injured on his head, face and arm. He was conveyed by car to Bury St Edmunds.

The pilot got off with a severe shaking and nasty wounds on both legs, but was able to walk without assistance.

Willing helpers were soon upon the scene and rendered all possible assistance. The machine, a new type, only three others being in existence, was badly damaged.

Mr Wilkes is now progressing favourably, thanks to the care and attention received from the nurses and sisters at West Suffolk General Hospital.