Did Original Uncle Albert Crash into Putney Bridge?
Search is on for details of oil tanker incident in 1944
On 27th June, 1944 a V1 Flying Bomb crashed into the Thames Embankment at Putney, causing damage to a small coastal oil tanker, the Shell Spirit #1
Fans of the series 'Only Fools and Horses' will remember that it was another Uncle Albert who also had to leave the navy after a series unfortunate incidents involving ships and collisions. It is not known whether the writers of the series were aware of the original Putney incident when they created their character.
Mr. Chapman is asking the people of Putney to help him find out more and would appreciate transcript reports or 'scans' of newspaper cuttings etc. of the day.
He can be reached by e-mail on email@example.com.
October 24, 2008