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Last updated: 26 December 2019
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Date:26-MAY-1943
Time:17:15 approx
Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American P-51 Mustang Mk I
Owner/operator:2 (AC) Squadron Royal Air Force (2 (AC) Sqn RAF)
Registration: AG623
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Smedmore Hill, Kimmeridge, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Thruxton, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Thruxton after ops to France
Narrative:
26 May 1943: three Mustang 1s (AG623, AG550 and AP210) of 2(AC) Squadron, RAF, were flying in close formation as part of "Operation Asphalt", a "Ranger" sortie, twice postponed already due to bad weather. 'Asphalt' was a sortie to carry out armed reconnaiscence and any offensive operations on rail movements in the Rennes-Laval-Le Mans-Chateaubriand-Blain-Redon-Rennes area. At 1650 hours ten Mustangs from 2(AC) Squadron took off in bad weather from Thruxton, Hants.

The bad weather consisted of a bank of sea fog in the Channel and along the South Coast. The three 2 (AC) Squadron pilots who were lost were part of a formation of 10 aircraft that was heading out for France in line-abreast formation and ordered by the formation leader to climb above the approaching high ground, but the three pilots failed to climb fast enough or high enough.

In the right-hand element of the formation Flying Officer D Hirst (in AG623/XV-W), flew in fog into Smedmore Hill, Dorset, with Pilot Officer J B McLeod (in AP210/XV-Y) crashing nearby and Flying Officer N J Miller (in AG550/XV-U) slightly further away. All three aircraft were destroyed by the crash impact and subsequent fire, and all three pilots killed.

The remaining seven Mustang 1's returned to Thruxton safely.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20130321095657/http://daveg4otu.tripod.com:80/dorset/dorcrash.html
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?80732-Weather-Inflicted-Air-Accidents-In-The-RAF
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?5271-Operation-Ashfelt-25-5-43/page2&s=89eab0bd7ad9b4059362af4934385014
'Where the Lysanders were .....' (the story of Sawbridgeworth's airfields) P A Doyle (pub by Forward Airfield Research Publishing 1995) ISBN 09525 624 05


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Sep-2011 12:12 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Nov-2011 23:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
11-Aug-2013 08:49 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
18-Feb-2015 16:03 paddy Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport]
13-May-2015 17:49 Komes123 Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
09-Jan-2016 16:07 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
04-Jun-2017 15:50 paddy Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Jun-2017 19:30 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Nov-2017 17:09 paddy Updated [Source]
14-Feb-2018 13:20 paddy Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2018 18:06 paddy Updated [Destination airport]
15-May-2019 09:17 TigerTimon Updated [Time]

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