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'The Lanfranc Boys'
By Rosalind Jones

Fifty years ago, on August 9th 1961, two masters and 34 boys from Lanfranc School (now Archbishop Lanfranc)
left for a holiday in Norway with A.I.R Tours who had chartered a plane from Cunard Eagle Airways.

They flew from London to Stavanger on a Viking code-named ‘Papa Mike’, but before touch-down Eagle’s plane disappeared. That night turned into an unending nightmare for their families.


On August 10th ‘Papa Mike’ was found – crashed into a mountain named Holtaheia. There were no survivors. It was a horrific, unbelievable tragedy. A black cloud descended and Croydonians were devastated. Many knew the boys and families. Croydon became world famous because it was the worst disaster to happen to any school in peacetime. The official enquiry as to why Papa Mike crashed was unresolved. They were all wasted lives.

‘The Lanfranc Boys’ (ISBN 978-0-9531890-3-8.)  RRP Price £12.99, by author Rosalind Jones (sister of one of the boys) tells moving previously untold stories of what happened.

‘The Lanfranc Boys’ has a Foreword by Sir Michael Parkinson, (who as a young reporter covered the story for The Daily Express at the time), and an endorsement from
Monica Porter of The Daily Mail’s ‘Missing and Found’ column.

Vividly readable because it is compiled from first hand accounts, the book starts with everyone alive; details the flight out to Norway; the search to find Papa Mike; the painstaking rescue of the victims; then describes the aftermath of the tragedy in Croydon.

It also discusses new theories as to why the plane crashed.
The book is illustrated with 42 pages of monochrome and colour photographs. Nearly 300 people from both Norway and Britain contributed their memories. Dedicated to the Norwegian Red Cross, royalties from sales will assist their International Aid work.

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To order copies at wholesale prices (£8.66) contact
Chris Day at Filament Publishing,
16 Croydon Road, Waddon, Croydon, CRO4PA.   
Email  chris@askfilament.com  or Telephone 0208 688 2598.

Author Rosalind Jones,
Blanchards, Les Monts, Avernes-s-Exmes, 61310, France.
Tel 00 33 233 36 03 95. Email rosalind.jones@wanadoo.fr


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