During March 1897 the Norwegian barque SS Nornen had tried out to ride out a storm in the lee of the Lundy Roads but lost all her sails and was driven towards Berrow mud flats. The John Godfrey Morris lifeboat was launched on the morning of March 3 when the crippled ship was spotted just off Gore Sands. The ship’s crew of ten, together with their dog, were taken off by the lifeboat and landed safely at Burnham at three o’clock in the afternoon.
The rescue is recorded on the honours board of rescues made by the three lifeboats at Burnham during the period from 1867 to 1930 and which today stands in the entrance to the Burnham RNLI Station. For more information see http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/berrow-wreck.shtml
The barque was lightened in an attempt at salvage but could not be moved and was driven higher up the sands by a second gale. So as we see today, the wreckage is still there.
The Nornen today.
WORLD WAR II
U.S. B17 Flying Fortress crash landed on Burnham beach on 31st December 1943 after being damaged during a bombing raid on german held targets in France. There were no fatalities. For further information see http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/news/2013/walter-skinner-dies-28-11-13.php
VAMPIRE JET FROM RAF CHIVENOR 1952
Vampire Jet EEFB5VV698 Engine blew up so forced to land on beach at Burnham 11.10.1952 (http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH100%20prodn%20list.txt)
Thanks to Pete Pengelly and Alan Wheway for identifying this event as 1970 or after and providing other details. Thanks also to Iain Howe for the information that the vessel is coastal tanker the m/t Burgundy, owned by Bowker & King London. See comments below for details .