About this objectEscape crowbar for a Spitfire found by Geoff Greensmith
A Spitfire made an emergency wheels-up landing in a small valley to the south of what is now the West Kent golf club immediately to the east of Biggin Hill airfield. The club house was derelict during the war and the golf course was not used as such.
By the time Geoff and his friends arrived from school to witness the scene the recovery crew had already removed the wings and were loading the fuselage, which was covered from end-to-end in thick black oil, onto a low loader. They stood alongside and watched the proceedings.
The recovery crew, having done their job, gave the boys a wave and drove away, and Geoff and his friends scaled the area for fragments of aircraft which may have been left behind. Geoff found this crowbar and took it home.
Geoff did not realise what this object was until many years later, and until then he used it to fix various motorbikes and motorcars, hence the flattened end which should normally be to a point. This crowbar was normally kept clipped to the inside of a small door, which holds down on the left hand side of a Spitfire to assist pilot access and the crowbar itself was used to price open the canopy if it jammed and the pointed end to punch a hole in the Perspex through which hopefully to climb out.
PeriodSecond World War
Medium and MaterialsIron
Inscription and Marks.
MeasurementsL 430mm x
W 30mm (at widest point) x
H 10 mm