Grandson’s gift to history archive

Graham Cox,right,hands over information about his grandfather who was killed in the Winslow air crash of 1943 to historian Julian Hunt.'110915M-A456
Graham Cox,right,hands over information about his grandfather who was killed in the Winslow air crash of 1943 to historian Julian Hunt.'110915M-A456
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THE grandson of a man killed in the 1943 Winslow plane crash has donated documents relating to the disaster to the town’s history archive.

Graham Coxis the grandson of Thomas William Cox, who was landlord of the Chandos Arms at the time.

Thomas Cox died when the thatched pub burnt to the ground after an RAF plane crashed in Winslow in the small hours of August 9 1943.

The only family items to survive the blaze were his two First World War medals. Their ribbons had been burned and the metal was black.

Thomas Cox’s body could only be identified by the ring he wore on his little finger.

Graham Cox’s father, David Charles Cox, was serving in the Royal Artillery at the time, and heard the report of the crash on the radio.

As well as the inn, the plane crash destroyed a row of cottages, killing a total of 17 people.

Graham Cox, who lives in the Wirral, has been researching his family tree for years, and has compiled information on the disaster and all its victims, which he donated to the history archive this week.

The donation also includes a copy of the RAF report into the crash and a photograph of his grandfather.

The documents will be put on the Winslow History website www.winslow-history.org.uk