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Cast and crew of wartime musical visit grave of pilot Sanders Draper to mark 75th anniversary of death

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 March 2018

The anniversary of Raimund Sanders Draper,,American pilot who died after crashing his Spitfire plane away from a school in Hornchurch.
The cast of a play at the Brookside Theatre, commemorating his memory.

The anniversary of Raimund Sanders Draper,,American pilot who died after crashing his Spitfire plane away from a school in Hornchurch. The cast of a play at the Brookside Theatre, commemorating his memory.

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Cast and crew of a show which tells the true story of a heroic American pilot visited the his grave to commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death.

Some of those involved in the production of The Good Intent, which will be performed at The Brookside Theatre, Romford, later this year, paid their respects to pilot Raimund Sanders Draper at Hornchurch Cemetery, Upminster Road, last week.

Pilot Sanders Draper was killed after the engine in his Spitfire plane failed and he deliberately crashed the aircraft to avoid hitting a school.

The school was renamed in his honour to Sanders Draper School in 1973 until 2014, when the school was once again renamed to Sanders School.

Playwright Gerry Sweeney said: This was quite a profound and emotional visit to Hornchurch War Graves.

“It is a story of courage, determination and a certain spirit that should always be remembered.”

The Good Intent will be performed from July 24-28.

Visit brooksidetheatre.com


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