ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20519
Last updated: 25 October 2014
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Date:11-JUN-1953
Time:
Type:Gloster Javelin (Prototype)
Owner/operator:Gloster Aircraft Co.
Registration: WD808
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ashton Court Park, Long Ashton, nr. Bristol, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Moreton Valance, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fatal crash after experiencing a super-stall'. At high angles of attack the elevators were masked from the airflow by the wings and became ineffective, from which point recovery was impossible. The pilot, Peter Lawrence, delayed his ejection too long in order to ensure that the aircraft would land on open ground, sadly his parachute was unable to open in time.

Pilot:
Lt Peter G. Lawrence MBE RN killed.

I saw the plane fall from the sky while walking home that afternoon from school in stoke bishop , bistol. A year later I was at Bristol Grammar School, whose playing fields bordered the crash site. A teacher, the late Harry Dunnicliffe told me that he saw the plane approaching and believed that the pilot was struggling to keep the plane air born so as to avoid crashing onto the school cricket pitches and killing scores of boys. Inhis opinion the pilot sacrificed his life for pupils of my school. He then carried the pilot into the pavillion where he thought he still just alive. I feel that the pilots valour should be acknowledged even after58 years.

Sources:
Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/Gloster_Javelin.htm
http://www.btinternet.com/~javelin/p02_development/p02_development.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jun-2008 15:41 JINX Added
19-Feb-2011 06:03 michael picken Updated [Embed code]
27-Feb-2013 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
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