In this Walk Through Time, we visit Guildford on the 80th Anniversary of an unfortunate collision between two RAF Mustang aircraft, which were on a training exercise over the Stoke Park area of the town, in the company of historian, writer, and long time Guildford resident, David Rose.
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The pilots who died in the Mustang collision were:
P-51 Mustang AG614
Flying Officer Dirk Bertram De Kretser age 20
Born on 13th March 1923 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery (Location 23. B. 9.)
P-51 Mustang AM136
Flying Officer Philip Charles Price age 22
Commemorated at Manchester Crematorium (Panel 19)
Walk distance: Approx 3km
Duration: Under an hour
Car Parking: Free parking is available at the Guildford Spectrum. Please make sure you are parked in the “Long Stay” area of the car park if you might wish to be parked for more than 4 hours.
For a longer walk: You might enjoy a stroll through the Riverside Nature Reserve, along the river, to arrive at the Dragons’ Teeth and join this route. However, there are many other options including arriving by train at Guildford London Road Station (just a short walk away) where there are also Dragon’s Teeth visible, or perhaps you might like to extend the route to include some of the other Air Raid Shelters in the town.
Read David’s Guildford Dragon article about the anniversary at