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Lydd, Kent The 27th of November 1942 AD

Surely the most unlikely ‘kill’ in the history of aerial warfare occurred in Lydd, Kent in 1942. A German Focke-Wulf 190 fighter plane was heading for home when it spotted a train on the Lydd- New Romney branch line. The plane made a low strafing run firing its cannon, and hit the boiler. A powerful jet of steam and possibly debris from the damaged boiler hit the plane a mere 20 feet above, bringing it down. The pilot was killed; the train was back in service by March 1943.

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