Family’s museum visit

Family of Hurricane pilot killed in crash visit the Aviation Museum at West Walton - the family are from left: Daniel, Sue, David and Ken Bidgood. Behind is Bill Welbourne from the museum.
Family of Hurricane pilot killed in crash visit the Aviation Museum at West Walton - the family are from left: Daniel, Sue, David and Ken Bidgood. Behind is Bill Welbourne from the museum.

THE family of an RAF pilot killed during a training flight in 1941 have visited a local museum to learn more about their tragic relative.

Ken Bidgood, nephew of Flight Sgt Ivor Bidgood, together with his wife Sue and sons Daniel and David visited the aviation museum at West Walton on Saturday to see a display dedicated to the pilot.

Flight Sgt Bidgood, who was from Bristol, was recuperating from a motorcycle accident and was on a Hurricane training flight over Terrington St John with his trainer Flight Sgt John Craig when the pair collided.

Both men managed to eject from their doomed planes but in a tragic twist neither of their parachutes opened and they were both killed.

Bill Welbourne, from the museum, explained volunteers excavated Flight Sgt Bidgood’s plane from its crash site in a field just off the dual carriageway part of the road through Terrington St John.

The wreckage together with a photograph and a brief resume of Flight Sgt Bidgood’s service record is on display in the museum and his family was keen to visit and find out more about their lost relative.

They travelled up from Somerset to visit the museum and also to see the crash site.