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As Peter Forester made his way to a local church social in the village hall during the 1950s, a loud crack shook the ground and the night sky turned to an orange glow, lighting the way for him. He heard an explosion as a jet aircraft hit the ground. It was a common enough occurrence in the village of Ilton; RAF Merryfield was always losing aircraft and on a regular basis. Fifty years later, Forester began to investigate air crashes in and around Somerset since 1945, and he now shares his findings with you.
Fifty years later, and in an effort to put his indifference right, the author began to investigate air crashes in and around Somerset. What he discovered appalled him at the sheer scale of it all. He now shares his findings of Somerset air crashes since 1945 with you. (208 pages / Paperback)
Peter Forrester spent his childhood in Ilton, Somerset, and lived on the edge of RAF Merryfield. Witnessing an aircraft crash was such a common occurrence that he barely noticed it. Forrester joined the Royal Marines in 1965 and retired in 2002. Consequently, he has seen a lot of travel, most of it in service aircraft. Some of the areas the author discusses are places that he has seen and some of these experiences reflect in the book. The author is married with two children and lives in Yeovil with his wife Linda.