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Date:06-JAN-1950
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Harvard T.2B
Owner/operator:RAF College
Registration: FX305
C/n / msn: 14A-1608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Coleby Hall, near Waddington, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
North American AT-16 Harvard: Ex-USAAF 43-34722. Delivered to the RAF in March 1945. Originally ordered as Lend-Lease from US, USAAF serials allocated. Order transferred to Canadian Mutual Aid; this contract was back-dated to some aircraft already delivered. Aircraft up to FX354/43-34771 had USAAF data plates fitted recording the USAAF serials which had been retrospectively cancelled

Delivered March 1948 to the RAF College, Cranwell as FAD-K. Written off (destroyed) 6 January 1950, due to structural failure in flight - lost both wings in dive while recovering from aerobatics at an altitude of 3,000 feer. Pilot - aged 20 - was killed.

Crew of Harvard FX305
Flight Cadet Sergeant Alasdair Seton Hamilton Black, aged 20

The 20-year old pilot fatality was the stepson of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder, GCB (11 July 1890 – 3 June 1967). Alasdair Seton Hamilton Black was the son of Marie (Toppy) Black (née Seton) whom Tedder had married in October 1943. That is, he was a child acquired by marriage, rather than his biological son.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4) p 98
2. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988 p 107)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2476: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578322
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 233/2: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424123
5. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1950s-incident-logs
6. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_accidents_and_incidents_involving_Royal_Air_Force_aircraft_from_1945#1950s
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleby,_North_Kesteven
9. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1943_2.html
10. Correio da Manhã 7 January 1950, p 6
11. Belfast Telegraph Antrim, Northern Ireland 7 January 1950


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Oct-2015 17:01 TB Added
18-Oct-2019 15:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2019 15:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Dec-2019 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 22:05 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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