Tributes to farmer John Marshall, 80, who died in the P-51 Mustang crash in Hardwick, Norfolk

John Marshall, who died when the Mustang plane he was in crashed at Hardwick airfield near Bungay. P

John Marshall, who died when the Mustang plane he was in crashed at Hardwick airfield near Bungay. Pic: Leicester Mercury. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to a farmer who died when a vintage plane crashed in Norfolk.

And investigations into the tragedy are continuing.

John Marshall was the 80-year-old who died when the P-51 Mustang he was in came down in a field near Bungay on Sunday, October 2.

Farmer and military history enthusiast Mr Marshall, was from Willoughy Waterleys in Leicestershire.

One man, who asked not be named, said: 'It's terrible news, really sad for the family.

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'John was a big military vehicles enthusiast and belonged to groups with like-minded people.'

He had a collection of vintage jeeps which would appear at the Victory Show – an annual Second World War re-enactment event in the Leicestershire village.

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The pilot, Maurice Hammond, was seriously injured and last week underwent surgery at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is in the process of trying to determine how the vintage plane came to crash.

The Second World War fighter had taken off from Hardwick airfield in Norfolk.

But it crashed a short time later, at about 3.30pm.

A spokesman for the AAIB said: 'We sent a team to gather preliminary evidence for a couple of days before bringing the wreckage back to the headquarters in Farnborough.

'Investigators will now carry out other evidence gathering such as interviews with any witnesses and collect any data from the aircraft which might help piece together what happened.

'In terms of a timeline, we're looking at months rather than weeks.'

An inquest into Mr Marshall's death is due to be opened at Norfolk Coroner's Court, although a date has yet to be set.

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