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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25252
Last updated: 22 May 2015
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Date:26-NOV-1951
Time:8:15am
Type:Avro Lincoln B.2
Owner/operator:Central Gunnery School, RAF
Registration: RF500
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Molescroft Grange, near Beverley, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Jurby, Isle Of Man
Destination airport:RAF Leconfield, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
On 26th November 1951 this aircraft was being flown back to RAF Leconfield with the Station Rugby team on board, having played a match again the team at RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man.(Which explains why there were an unusually large number of people - 15 in all, a crew of 4, and 11 passengers/rugby players - on board)

The aircraft was coming into land at Leconfield when it stalled and side-slipped into the ground close to Molescroft Grange, near Beverley, North Yorkshire. RF500 came to rest alongside the Hull to Scarborough railway line at 08.15 hours and partly blocked the line. Peggy Farmer, Una Stork, Abram Stork and Laurence Bedford were all thanked for their help assistance in helping the injured men in the aircraft. Another aircraft was flying a similar course with the remaining players of the rugby team, this landed safely.

Two passengers/rugby players were killed, 13 others injured to varying degrees, from serious to slight. The two fatalities were:

Passenger/"Player" - J/Tech Robert Taylor RAF (584922), aged 20, of Carlisle. Buried Carlisle General Cemetery, Cumbria.
Passenger/"Player" - LAC Roy Edward Skeldon RAF (2500676), aged 21, of Leeds, Yorkshire. Buried Woodhouse Cemetery, Leeds, Yorkshire. He had played rugby for Hunslet, Leeds.

Sources:
1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings - Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_Avro_Lincoln#1950s
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/rf500.html
4. http://www.baaa-acro.com/archives/1951-JUL-DEC.htm



Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Aug-2009 05:27 TWatkins Updated
30-Apr-2013 21:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2015 20:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2015 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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