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Spalding councillor calls for memorial to hero pilot who saved the town




Calls have been made for a memorial to be installed to honour a hero pilot who sacrificed his life to save Spalding.

Last week, the Lincolnshire Free Press shared how Pilot Officer George Furniss (29) guided his stricken Meteor VIII jet over the built-up area so that it would crash in a field near the Vernatts Drain.

But the loss of altitude meant that the experienced pilot could not save himself and his parachute didn't open when he baled out.

Pilot officer George Furniss with twins Sheila and Gill
Pilot officer George Furniss with twins Sheila and Gill

Coun Angela Newton has now called for a memorial to Mr Furniss.

Speaking at Spalding Town Forum on Wednesday last week, Coun Newton said: "If he had not done that, his plane could have come down in the middle of Spalding.

"We could erect a memorial of something in the area of Two Plank Lane to record this."

A moment to reflect: Gill Akers and Sheila Reynolds in the former orchard area where their pilot father was found dead
A moment to reflect: Gill Akers and Sheila Reynolds in the former orchard area where their pilot father was found dead

His twin daughters Sheila Reynolds and Gill Akers (67) have recently visited the spot beside Two Plank Lane where their father was found dead at the foot of an apple tree.

- To read the full story of the sister's emotional visit to Spalding. Please click here



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