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Last updated: 19 June 2020
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Date:25-MAY-1940
Time:morning
Type:Silhouette image of generic both model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Blackburn Botha Mk I
Owner/operator:3 FPP ATA
Registration: L6160
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Layton Road, Horsforth, West Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Brough Aerodrome, Brough, East Yorkshire (EGNB)
Destination airport:RAF Silloth, Cumberland
Narrative:
On 24th May 1940 this aircraft was being ferried from Brough airfield near Hull, to Silloth airfield, near Carlisle. The pilot encountered poor weather not long after taking off and made a landing at Yeadon airfield. Because of the poor weather he remained on the ground at Yeadon for the rest of that day and stayed the night there. On 25th May 1940 the weather appears to have improved so he took off again to continue the flight.

Not long after taking off from Yeadon he was flying in the Horsforth area and flying in cloud, realising he was flying towards two houses on a hill he made a banked turn to the right but collided with the a stone wall. The pilot sadly died in this accident in the Layton Road area.

One of two proposed routes for a new road to link the A65 to the Leeds-Bradford airport would cut through this crash site.

Pilot - 1st Officer John Taverner Wilson Clark, Air Transport Auxiliary, aged 28. Buried Aireborough (Yeadon) Cemetery, Yorkshire (sec.E/842).

John T.W. Clark was the second ATA pilot to be killed on active service.

Botha L6160 was built to contract 563935 by The Blackburn Aeroplane Company Ltd. at Brough and was awaiting collection in September 1939. It was flown to 22 MU at Silloth (ASU) and placed into storage. It was later issued to 1 (C)OTU also at Silloth on 1st April 1940 when the unit formed. On the date it crashed it was technically in the charge of 3 FPP when it crashed near Leeds and Cat.W/FA damage was recorded following assessment

Sources:

1. http://www.raf-lichfield.co.uk/ATA%20Casualties.htm
2. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york40/l6160.html
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2406259/clark,-john-taverner-wilson/
4. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/the-ata/index.php/9-lists/1-ata-men-1939


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Feb-2013 07:45 PKM Added
09-Aug-2013 05:04 JINX Updated [Operator, Location]
01-Oct-2013 07:30 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2018 19:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
12-May-2019 14:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2019 04:31 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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