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First World War stories from the Isle of Man - The first aeroplane crash in the Isle of Man, 1919

Published on 9 Feb 2018

The unusual story of the first aeroplane crash on the Isle of Man, beginning with the WW1 pilot who stole an aeroplane in order to escape punishment for wreckless flying in Chester after the end of the First World War.

Getting lost over the Irish Sea when on the way to relatives in Ireland, he landed on the Isle of Man to ask for directions.

Setting off again, he decided to show the assembled crowd some tricks, but things did not go to plan...

This is one of the stories which features in the First World War exhibition recently opened at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum near Ronaldsway.

It is presented by the director of the Museum, Ivor Ramsden.

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