Large Bi-plane stranded near Furtherwick Farm

From George Chambers Collection

By Graham Stevens

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This is another old Canvey photo contributed to the Archive by George Chambers.

When George, at approx 12 years old, returned from his annual 2 weeks holiday in Ilford he was surprised to see this large bi-plane parked in the fields opposite Furtherwick Farm (probably where King George's playing fields are today). George says it was there a couple of days, probabably awaiting parts, and he remembers it taking off in a northerly direction, just skimming the Canvey Supply clock-tower. He says it was certainly a lot bigger than the usual planes used for the joy-flights!

On another occasion he remembered standing at the back-door of his Grandfather's house 'Maisonwyck' and seeing one of the joy-flight planes have a 'prang' ending nose-down in the fields behind (just about where the end of the Parkway/Driveway is now). By the afternoon they'd staightened it out and it was up doing joy-rides again!

This page was added by Graham Stevens on 05/05/2010.
Comments about this page

The 'plane in the picture is an Armstrong-Whitworth Argosy, an Imperial Airways (the precursor to BA) airliner from the late 1920s. My guess is that it's the one which flew the 'Silver Wing' London-Paris route.

By Nick Rutter
On 06/05/2010

Hi. The Argosy aircraft shown was G-EBLF first registered to Imperial Airways on 16-5-1925 and withdrawn from use or destroyed on ?-12-34. Could this be due to its forced landing on Canvey? Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 01/05/2011

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