Monday, January 23, 2012

March 15-21, 1940

Sergt-Pilot Norman James Price of 139 Squadron, only son of Mr James Price of 3 Deansway, Chippenham, was killed when his plane crashed in the sea off Argeles sur Mer during a training flight.

A former pupil at Chippenham Secondary School, Sergt Pilot Price, 25, had previously taken part in the air raid on the Kiel canal during the first week of the war.

Sergt Price appeared in the RAF advertising campaign and was the airman seen swinging the propeller of an aircraft on one of the recruitment posters.


Five Londoners appeared in the dock at Swindon Borough Police Court this week in 1940 charged with breaking and entering Duck Son & Pinker's music shop on Fleet Street on March 5-6.

John James Seatory, Frederick Edward Coombes and Sidney Charles Coombes all from the Holloway and Islington area of North London were charged with stealing eight piano accordions and four wireless sets to the value of £165.

Appearing alongside them were Wallace Graham Walker and John Crossman who were charged with receiving seven piano accordions, knowing them to be stolen. All five were committed to the Quarter Sessions to be held at Salisbury on April 2.

Waste paper Will Help To Win the War - recycling gets underway in Swindon at the John Hill Depot in Bay's Yard, Devizes Road, Swindon. The London based reclamation firm collected newspapers, magazines and cardboard with maximum controller prices paid.

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