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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202498
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Date:14-APR-1942
Time:12:46
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9488
C/n / msn: DY-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Baldersby Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dalton
Destination airport:Air Test
Narrative:
The aircraft had taken off in the mid-morning for an air test prior to being used operationally, while carrying out a series of sharp turns the aircraft stalled and spun into the ground at 12:46 near to the A1 road at York Gate Farm, Baldersby. Sadly all eight on board were killed and part of the wreckage catching fire. Initially the cause of the crash was thought to have been the result of changing pilots in the air but later this was discounted. Being one of the "new" Halifaxes the rudder overbalance problem was later blamed for the pilot loosing control. Such an effect caused the deaths of many airmen before the fault was seen and a modification carried out to the tail plane. The crash was witnessed by workmen carrying out work on removing a level crossing on the A1 road near Baldersby station.

Crew
Pilot: 66508 Flt Lt Harry Malcolm Williams - Smeeth Churchyard, Kent.
Pilot: 404251 Sgt John Kirkpatrick Morris RAAF - Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row L. Grave 12.
Flight Engineer: 575319 Sgt Noel Grimoldby- Scunthorpe (Brumby & Frodingham) Cemetery Sec. A.D. Grave 139.
Observer: 947664 Sgt Philip Leonard Newell Trehearn - Rhyl Town Cemetery Sec. 1. Grave 362.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 918861 Sgt Kenneth Harold Sutton - Pontycymmer Cemetery, Glamorganshire Row Y.Y. Grave 16.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner - 946944 Sgt Kenneth O'Connelley - Newcastle on Tyne(West Road) Crematorium Panel 6.
Air Gunner: 90393 Flt Lt Henry Noel Ross - Pontypridd Crematorium Glamorganshire Panel R.H.
Ground Crew (Instrument Repairer): 1122012 LAC John Livesey Lower Darwen(St James) Churchyard, Lancashire Old Ground. Grave F.F. 25.

Sources:

Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire
RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
CWGC
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1225899


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Dec-2017 14:24 Red Dragon Added
14-Oct-2018 17:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Destination airport, Operator]
02-May-2019 06:56 Anon. Updated [Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]

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