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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153782
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Time:c. 12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb
Owner/operator:1 AGS Royal Air Force (1 AGS RAF)
Registration: AR320
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lodge Farm, New Hedges, Temby, Pembrokeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Pembrey, Pembrokeshire
Destination airport:RAF Pembrey
On 26 January 1945, the Spitfire Vb AR320 of 1 Air Gunnery School RAF was carrying out an air gunnery nonoperational traing and cine attack exercise, when it crashed at approx 1200 hours at Lodge Farm, New Hedges, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. The pilot, Warrant Officer Bernard James Skelly RAAF, was killed.

A Court of Inquiry into the accident stated ; Eye witnesses stated that at approx 1200 hours on the 26th January, the aircraft was seen to crash approx 100 yards from the main Temby-Narbeth road in the vicinity of New Hedges. The sky was overcast and very hazy after a snowfall. The aircraft was flying north at a height of about 50/100 feet, not fast and looked in difficulties. It dived and struck the ground. The Court thought that the Pilot had lost his way, and had throttled back to locate himself, and had either stalled the aircraft or was too low to recover from a slip.

WO Skelly is buried in the Pembrey (St Illytd) Churchyard, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He was born on the 5th April, 1918 in Australia, the Son of Bernard James and Katherine Mary Skelly, and the husband of Nancy Pearl Skelly, of 9, Murchison Street, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia.



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Revision history:

05-Mar-2013 13:25 angels one five Added
22-Jun-2013 19:09 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
17-Sep-2013 08:13 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2015 10:41 Erectus Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2017 19:03 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Source, Narrative]

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