Yet Another Article from the Oct - Nov 2011 issue of MASCOT - from the LETTERS Page.
From Bob Francis in Cheshire, 1 October 2011.
Dear Mike. I was fascinated to see the picture of Eric Lock’s 1935 Singer Le Mans,
CLG 907, in the July Mascot, as I used to own this car, and I can tell David Kempster
that it is still around.
I bought the car about 8 years ago from Nick Saunders, who lived in Spain, although the car was stored at his father’s garage near Tamworth. From its Production Record I can confirm that it originally had a Light Blue body and wings, with Ivory wheels, and that it was sold to a Mr Cooper in Nantwich, through A Cooke, the Singer agent in Crewe. As you can see by the picture below, it was in very poor condition, having been used for trials of some sort. It had MG type wings fitted, and had been partially dismantled for restoration. Many items were missing.
I started to restore the car, but sold it about five years ago to Steve Elnor, who also lives in Nantwich, so the car has literally gone home! Steve is in process of restoring it, and is doing a superb job. I gather the chassis work is almost completed, and the car now has a brand new body, so hopefully it will soon be back to its former glory.
I, too, have done some research on Eric Lock, and in July 2010 came across this picture of Eric in the Sun newspaper of 10 July, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Eric Lock was its most successful British-born
Best wishes, Bob.
pilot, bringing down no fewer than 16 German planes. He subsequently shot down another 10, hence the 26 swastikas painted on his Spitfire.
However, whilst it may have appeared, based on the adornments to the front of his Le Mans, that Eric was a flamboyant character, the article says he was rather shy, and hated the attention his successes had brought, and having been shot down and spending 6 months in
hospital, quickly got back up in the sky to fight for his country. In August 1941 whilst flying over northern France, Eric peeled away from his formation to attack some German troops on the ground, but, sadly, was never seen again, and despite extensive searches, neither he nor his plane could be found.The article concludes that had it not been for Eric Lock - and the others of the ‘Few’ who fought so valiantly - we would have lost the war.
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Dear Bob. Very many thanks for your letter and the Sun article. I have passed copies of all the information to David Kempster for his research. I have also received via our website, quite separately, a
request from Philip Meyers, Eric’s nephew in Whangamata, New Zealand, who is also researching his uncle and also wanted to find out what happened to his car. It was great to be able to send all the information we now have on Eric and his car also to him.
Many thanks again, and best wishes, Mike.
Philip has responded by sending pictures of Eric’s wedding to Peggy Meyers, (Philip’s Dad’s older sister, who was a former Miss Shrewsbury), Eric’s medals, which included the DSO DFC & Bar MID, and the Spitfire used for the 95th Anniversary of
41 Squadron at RAF Coningsby in September 2011, which he and his brother attended, and where Eric was especially honoured. This Mk1 Spitfire, which is the oldest still flying that was in the Battle of Britain, was painted in WW2 colours and Eric’s Code from the Battle of Britain, EBG. (Philip is the one wearing the cap.)
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