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Memorial to hero pilot who saved Spalding has been damaged



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A memorial to honour the sacrifice made by a hero pilot who saved countless lives in Spalding has been damaged.

Pilot Office George Furniss ensured his Meteor jet fighter - which caught fire during a training exercise - came down in a field near the Vernatt’s Drain, avoiding peoples’ homes in September 1953.

The memorial plaque - which had been moved as part of the Spalding Western Relief Road works - has been dislodged and the mortar bed damaged.

The remains of the George Funiss memorial in Spalding after the memorial plaque was dislodged (57188717)
The remains of the George Funiss memorial in Spalding after the memorial plaque was dislodged (57188717)

It is now in the safe keeping of council workers until it can be repaired.

Spalding councillor Angela Newton, who remembers the crash as a young girl, said the plaque could not have come off by itself and that the stone mason 'could not believe it'.

She said: "I don't why it was vandalised - there was absolutely no need.

The dislodged memorial plaque to honour George Furniss (57188927)
The dislodged memorial plaque to honour George Furniss (57188927)

"I am very disappointed as PO Furniss gave his life all those years ago when he could have bailed out and let his plane land."



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