In 1941 a fighter plane crashed in a field in the English countryside. The pilots died, but a mysterious black cat lingered.
In 1941 a fighter plane crashed in a field in the English countryside during WW2. The pilots died in the crash, but a mysterious black cat lingered. Now it is coming back every year on the date of the crash as a ghost cat, haunting the field.
It’s 1941 and the second world war is a fact across the continent and the European sky is littered by blinking lights in the sky from the German Blitzkrieg. Although the sky is not lit up by stars now, but by war planes. For the naked eye from the ground it is impossible to see if it is an enemy or friend inside the cockpit, the people around start learning to recognize the airplanes by sound.
There are countless of stories tal tells about the tragic things that happened during this dark period of time. And more than one story emerged that somehow involved this war.
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The Plane Crash in Shropshire
This is not a war story about the ghost of a fallen soldier though, but the ghost cat that kept haunting the place the soldiers died.
On the eve of 23rd of October in 1941, a plane was soaring in the sky over the green land of Poynton Green in Shropshire, England. The plane was coming back after a night sortie and heading back to base. But something went wrong that night and the trip ended horrible. The night that was pitch dark until then is now lit up as the plane is heading straight to the ground.
The plane is a British Beaufighter, belonging to the 68 Squadron of the Royal Air Force (RAF), and was heading to High Ercall where the RAF had an airfield. For an unknown reason the plane crashed in the field and the flames started to take over the aircraft.
A local farmer came to the site to help and put the fire out, but it was too late and the flames engulfed the plane along with the people inside.
It was the Czechoslovak pilot Josef Kloboučník and sergeant Josef Klváčel, the radio operator that crashed with the plane and died that night. They were the first Czech members of the squadron, and they would never see the end of the war they fought in.
The Black Cat Haunting the Crash Site
But the farmer that tried to help them didn’t leave empty handed however that night. As the plane went up in flames a black cat emerged from the burning plane. The farmer is said to have kept the cat as a pet for many years until it died as well.
According to some sources the farmer ended up giving the cat to an old woman that lived nearby. And that cat supposedly disappeared after the old woman died. But it still wasn’t completely gone and is said to have returned as a ghost cat.
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Every ten years it is said that a black ghost cat is seen at the crash site, the ghost cat still lingering even after all these years. And in 2031 it is supposed to make its comeback.
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