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Last updated: 15 July 2020
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Date:05-DEC-1956
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada L-20A Beaver
Owner/operator:81st TFW, USAF (81st Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 52-6145
C/n / msn: 539/1307
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bramah Edge, Longdendale, Peak District, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Burtonwood, Lancashire
Narrative:
de Havilland Canada L-20A Beaver 52-6145 was made available on 24 July 1953, accepted on 28 August 1953 by the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit), at Downsview, Ontario, after which it was delivered to the Air Material Command at Davis Monthan AFB., Arizona, where it was placed with the 3040th Air Storage Squadron on 4 September 1953. It remained in store until it moved to the San Antonio Air Depot at McLellan AFB, Texas, on 25 June 1954 and then it was recorded as moving to the San Francisco Point of Embarkation on 23 September 1954. It arrived with the 7485th Air Depot Wing at Erding, West Germany on 28 September 1954.

It stayed at Erding for several months before passing to French Morocco and the air base at Nouasseur where it was attached to 7280th Maintenance Group. This attachment ended on 6 May 1955 after which the aircraft moved to England to be based at Shepherds Grove with the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing.

It was destroyed in an accident at Bramah Edge, Derbyshire in Peak District, UK, on 05 December 1956. On board were Pilot, First Lieutenant John Rossman Tinklepaugh and passenger First Lieutenant Guy B Waller. Both were killed when their plane crashed on Bramah Edge above Longdendale in the Peak District (at approximate co ordinates 53:28.5061 North, 1:55.0800 West). The aircraft was being operated by the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing (UK-based at that time) and was flying from RAF Sculthorpe to RAF Burtonwood with a ferry pilot to collect a Republic F-84F Thunderstreak after maintenance and to fly it back to Sculthorpe. The Beaver was misidentified by a GCA controller at RAF Burtonwood and was 'guided' into the hillside.

A memorial cross to the two crew fatalities, along with small pieces of wreckage, were still at the crash site as of May 2006.

Sources:

1. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1952.html
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-l-20a-beaver-near-glossop-2-killed
3. https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/352666
4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave1963/29416103132
5. http://www.dhc-2.com/cn539.html
6. http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/crash_sites/peak-district/de-havilland-canada-l-20a-52-6145-bramah-edge/
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longdendale


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jul-2011 11:24 TB Added
11-Jan-2013 13:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 20:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
31-Jan-2014 11:03 TB Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jul-2020 22:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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