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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1597
Last updated: 16 January 2020
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Date:15-SEP-1942
Time:11:37
Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:1484 TT Flt Royal Air Force (1484 TT Flt RAF)
Registration: N3501
C/n / msn: 430
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Suffield Hill, Hackness, Scarborough, Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Driffield
Narrative:
On the 15th of September 1942 this aircraft took off from Driffield at 0955hrs. In the aircraft was an experienced pilot and an air gunner undertaking training. The crew were to carry out a fighter affiliation and gunnery exercise. Towards the end of the exercise the pilot tried to lower the undercarriage but it failed to deploy properly, and it has been assumed that the aircraft was by now close to base and the pilot elected to fly off again to try and free the undercarriage rather than risk a belly landing or landing on one main wheel. By now they were flying to the northwest of Scarborough and over higher ground, which was cultivated and had numerous wooded hillsides around the locality. The pilot performed a series of violent manoeuvres in an attempt to hopefully shake the problem clear and make the landing gear come down. Whilst doing these manoeuvres he lost control, and ordered the air gunner to bale out. Soon after, the aircraft dived into the ground near Suffield, at 1137hrs. The pilot was killed in the resulting crash.

The aircraft was built to contract 751867/38 by Boulton & Paul Ltd at Wolverhampton. It was delivered to the RAF in April 1941 and after a period in MU storage it was issued to 1484 TT Flt (Target Towing Flight) on 07/04/42. The unit was redesignated 1484 TT&G Flt on 1st April 1942. It sustained Cat A/FA damage in a minor accident on 7th April 1942 and was repaired on site and returned to service. The details of this incident being, at 1145 hrs on 7th April the aircraft was landing at Driffield after an air test when a sudden gust of cross wind lifted the aircraft and one wing tip struck the ground, crumpling the tip. The unnamed pilot was unhurt.
It was destroyed in at Hackness, Cat E2/FA damage being sustained, on 15th September 1942. The aircraft had a total flying time of 122 hours.
Pilot - W/O Derek F P Jannings RNZAF, aged 25, of Wellington, New Zealand. Buried Driffield Cemetery, Yorkshire. He had previously served with 40 Sqdn and had completed 14 operations with 40 Squadron before being posted to 1484 Flt as a Staff Pilot. At his death he had a total of 539 flying hours.
Air Gunner - Sgt Alec C Walters RAAF, aged 24 at the time. Of Brisbane, Australia. Baled out, OK.
All research and text credits to Richard Allenby.
Crew:
W/O (NZ401387) Derek Frederick Paterson JANNINGS (pilot) RNZAF - killed
Sgt (Aus405255) Alec Charles WALTERS (AG) RAAF - baled out

Sources:

Defiant production list
http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/42/n3501.html
http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?serviceId=R&veteranId=1066806
CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Feb-2008 23:37 JINX Added
05-Feb-2008 04:46 JINX Updated
30-Mar-2009 02:34 Anon. Updated
23-Jan-2012 05:09 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
10-Oct-2013 17:41 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Nov-2013 19:51 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
27-Apr-2015 12:02 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 15:26 Angel dot comma Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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