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Monday 6th January 2020
The Shrapnel Trophy
For almost 70 years, stories have been circulating about pilot Bruce Hancock, who is believed to have foiled an attack on an RAF base by ramming a German bomber with an unarmed training plane.
On October 24th, regulars at the The Sherborne Arms, Aldsworth and The Inn for All Seasons near Burford will keep his memory alive by competing for one of the country’s most unusual and poignant golf trophies – shrapnel from a bomb carried by the German plane.
During one of the bloodiest days of the Battle of Britain on Sunday, August 18, 1940, Sgt Hancock, 26, a trainee bomber pilot, was practising night flying in an Avro Anson training plane when he encountered the Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111.
Observers on the ground said the German plane opened fire on Sgt Hancock before he deliberately flew his plane into the Heinkel.
Sgt Hancock and the four German airmen were killed when the planes fell to the ground near RAF Windrush, just across the boundary with Gloucestershire to the west of Burford.
A Heinkel He 111 bomber similar to the one which was brought down near Burford. The Match is played twice a year in April & October at the Wychwood Golf Club, at Lyneham, near Shipton-under-Wychwood, The course hosts the tournament between the pub and a team from the Inn for All Seasons, with the unusual trophy at stake.
The chunk of metal from the bomb was donated by a chauffeur working for Lord Sherborne. It can be seen at the premises of the current wining team.
The two Cotswolds pubs have played for the trophy – which is estimated to weigh 100lb – for the last 16 years. It was begun by John O'Keeffe landlord of the pub and John Sharp of The Inn For All Seasons as a friendly battle between the two family owned establishments
Dave & Mathew holding the Shrapnel Trophy