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Last updated: 31 August 2016
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Date:04-MAR-1957
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
DeHavilland DH.112 Venom FB.4
Owner/operator:22 MU RAF
Registration: WR557
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:S of Broad Mea, Croglin Fell, Slaggyford, Northumberland, -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Silloth, Cumberland
Destination airport:RAF Silloth, Cumberland
Narrative:
Taken on charge and delivered to the RAF on February 9, 1956, de-Havilland Venom WR557 was on a test flight from RAF Silloth when the wing elevators malfunctioned. Unable to gain lift or maintain height, the aircraft crashed into a hillside a short distance due S of Broad Mea in Northumberland.

Broad Mea lies on Croglin Fell, between the villages of Croglin (B6413) and Slaggyford (A689). According to an article in the Newcastle Chronicle for April 19 2016 (see link #2):

"Twisted shards of metal mark the spot of a 1950s air crash tragedy. The crash site of the fighter bomber De-Havilland DH 112 Venom is known only to a few. Local farmers and gamekeepers and the occasional walker are the only ones who are aware of the fatal crash site.

The plane came down in the Northumberland moors on March 4 1957 while on a test flight from RAF Silloth in Cumbria, and claimed the life of the pilot, Flt Lt W. F. Marshall. The nearest village to the site is Slaggyford in the North Pennines and the wreckage lies around five miles from there. According to Tim McGuinness who visited the crash site in April 2016:

Id read about the crash site online and was interested to try and find it. It was hard going as there were very few paths over the fells to the site and I had to rely on my GPS to get to it. Once I found the site there was quite a bit of wreckage left and also a wooden remembrance cross that had clearly been left there in recent years.

Sources:
1. Royal Air Force Aircfraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983, p.91)
2. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/see-little-known-site-1950s-11210693
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1957.htm
4. http://www.aircrashsites-scotland.co.uk/dh-venom-wr557_broad-mea.htm
5. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4680238
6. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/119401586


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
24-May-2011 15:14 angels one five Updated [Date]
29-Jun-2011 15:32 angels one five Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 02:21 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
26-May-2015 12:44 Angel dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
25-Apr-2016 15:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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