Survivor’s daughter talks about the Munich Air Disaster

Rachel Viollet, the daughter of Red Devils crash survivor Dennis Viollet, took part of the commemoration of the 61st anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.

On 6 February 1958 the airplane where Manchester United footballers were going to travel from Munich to Manchester crashed.

20 of the 44 persons on board died at the scene, with three more dying at a Munich Hospital.

And on the 61st anniversary of the tragedy, Rachel Viollet, daughter of crash survivor Dennis Viollet spoke to the Manchester United website to talk about the incident.

“This is the first time I’ve been here,” explained Rachel.

“I’ve obviously been here to Old Trafford a few times with my dad over the years, which was always a great experience, but to be here for the anniversary itself with all the fans was the best thing, and it was quite emotional.”

“You’ve got little babies here with their fathers, their mothers, their uncles, and their grandparents, from generation to generation, passing down the legacy of the Busby Babes and keeping it in the family,” she continued.

“There’s something very poignant about that.“

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“It had a huge impact on [her dad’s life] his life. Throughout his life, it stayed with him,” she explained.

“After Munich, he couldn’t sleep at night, so he was going out a lot, going out on the town, just because he couldn’t get to sleep.”

“But certainly, after Munich, he valued life, even more, lived it to the fullest and those memories certainly stayed with him,” she commented.

“He spoke so fondly of those years with the Busby Babes under Sir Matt and they stayed with him and they affected his career as well -– the way he managed his teams [Dennis later managed in Ireland and the US].”


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