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From the newspaper photo archive: Royal air tragedy

Picture of the fatal crash ©Ray Bradbury/Express & Star

We love our press photo archives here at PAN (and work with a few) – recently we have been following the steady development of the photo collection of the Express & Star a regional evening newspaper based in Wolverhampton UK.

A new feature on their dedicated photo archive website features a set of images by staff photographer Ray Bradbury showing the air crash that claimed the life of the Queen’s cousin in 1972.
Ray has recently donated the images to the collection.

Newspaper photographer Ray Bradbury ©Express & Star
“On the back of the crash photos I was offered a job at the Sun where I went on to work for 26 years,” ©Ray Bradbury/Express & Star

The feature reports: ‘DRAMATIC photos of an air crash that claimed the life of the Queen’s cousin in 1972 have been added to the Express & Star’s digital photo archive.’

Having been the Queen’s page boy at her wedding in 1947, Prince William was a glamorous society figure when he died aged 30 while competing in the Goodyear International Air Trophy competition.

A licensed pilot who took part in air competitions on a regular basis, Prince William was killed alongside co-pilot Vyrell Mitchell when their Piper aircraft crashed not long after take-off on August 28 1972.

Ray says: “On the back of the crash photos I was offered a job at the Sun where I went on to work for 26 years,”

Read the full feature and explore this newspaper archive here

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