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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24831
Last updated: 18 August 2017
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Date:03-AUG-1941
Time:A.M.
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:11 FTS, RAF
Registration: N4568
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sychnant Pass, near Penmaenmawr, Powys, North Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Shawbury, Shropshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airspeed AS.10 Oxford N4568 was assigned to 11 Fighter Training School (FTS) at RAF Shawbury. The pilot under training, L/AC T. W. Gurnell, (Service Number 1076375) was briefed to undertake local circuits of the airfield and practice landings, but became lost in the fog and low cloud (cloud ceiling 1,000 feet) and crashed in the Sychnant Pass near Penmaenmawr, Powys, North Wales, on 3 August 1941. (At approximate co ordinates 53.2750N 3.8800W). The aircraft burst into flames on impact, and the pilot was killed instantly. The crash location is within sight of the Sychnant Pass Hotel.

L/AC Gurnell had a total of 65 flying hours "under his belt". Of these 65 hours, 29 were flying solo, but only 3 were flying the Airspeed Oxford.

Sources:

1. http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/WhatWeDo/Personnel/SPVA/AviationArchaeology.htm
2. http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/295456/details/air-crash-site-airspeed-oxford-n4568
2. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1941/archives/crash-of-an-airspeed-as-10-oxford-in-united-kingdom-2-killed-3/
4. Final Descent: Air Crashes in Wales and the Borders By Terence Hill pages 51-52
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sychnant_Pass


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
04-Apr-2015 19:56 roundhead Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Narrative]
19-Jan-2016 20:17 AlLach Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source]
27-Jul-2017 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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