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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166330
Last updated: 16 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.Mk VI
Owner/operator:1 FU Royal Air Force (1 FU RAF)
Registration: TE872
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lower Moor nr Fladbury nr RAF stn Pershore, Worcestershire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Pershore, Worcestershire
Mosquito TE872 (Ferry Unit): Crashed on approach to RAF Pershore 14.1.1948.
The pilot feathered the port engine, but when he used an incorrect procedure to un-feather it, the propeller over speeded, and so the propeller was feathered again. An emergency landing was attempted, but on final approach, the port wing struck a tree and the aircraft crashed at Lower Moor, near RAF Pershore.
The reported crash site of Lower Moor is a village between Wyre Piddle and Fladbury in the district of Wychavon in Worcestershire, England, at approximate co ordinates: 52.124N 2.032W
F/O (57518) Geoffrey BURGESS (pilot) RAF - killed
AC.1 S.M. GRIFFITHS (pass.) RAFVR - injured

Note that the official Air Ministry/RAF Board of Inquiry file into the accident (File AVIA 5/29/W2404) mis-identified Mosquito TE872 as "TE782": the serial TE782 was not issued (it was part of a "black out block" of unused serials between TE780 and TW793).


2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 37)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/29/W2404:
6. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.71. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.

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Revision history:

19-May-2014 12:54 Nepa Added
31-Jul-2014 08:43 Giggs Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-Apr-2015 09:22 Xindel Updated [Location, Narrative]
31-Jul-2015 10:07 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Aug-2018 10:46 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
03-Apr-2019 14:11 Nepa Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Narrative, Operator]
26-Nov-2019 23:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 00:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 00:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 09:28 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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