12th October 2015 - Memorial Unveiled to Hero Airmen of 1955

On 12th October 2015, members of the local Air Training Corps unveiled a monument in Churchill Gardens, Salisbury[1].

The monument commemorates 2 airmen, Squadron Leader Frank Cooke and Flight Lieutenant Phillip Hyden, who died when their Canberra Bomber crashed, near the site of the monument on November 27, 1955.

I came across a comment on the Thunder and Lightnings website from Sheila Wilson, of Kent

Frank Cooke was my father and I am told they saved a lot of lives that day by staying with the plane and keeping it in the air until it was away from Salisbury[2].


[1] Memorial unveiled to hero pilots | Salisbury Journal

[2] Thunder & Lightnings - Test Flying Memorial - Entry