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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202904
Last updated: 8 May 2020
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Date:13-DEC-1939
Time:day
Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:236 Squadron Royal Air Force (236 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R1816
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Clopton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 13 December 1939 the Magister Mk.I R1816 of 236 Squadron RAF spun into ground at Clopton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk (at approximate co ordinates 52.117N 1.25E) killing the pilot, Sgt Edward Mc.Cluggage (Service Number 521091, aged 23). He was buried in Larne's McGarel Cemetery.

Sgt McCluggage's headstone was damaged at some point in the 1990s, and a new headstone was erected by the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) in 2009. According to a newspaper report in the "Larne Times" (26 November 2009 - see link #8)

"Fitting tribute to Larne WW2 pilot - 70 years on

A LARNE pilot who was killed during the Second World War has had a new memorial dedicated to him 70 years after his untimely death. Sergeant Edward McCluggage, a 23-year-old test pilot for the RAF, died after a flying accident in England on December 13, 1939. And now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has erected a new headstone at Edward's final resting place in Larne's McGarel Cemetery."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 page 12)
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/15847.php
3, https://www.facebook.com/Irishsoldiersremembered/posts/538303792933861
4, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clopton,_Suffolk
5. http://www.maplandia.com/united-kingdom/england/east-anglia/suffolk-county/clopton/
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2931335/mccluggage,-edward/
8. https://www.larnetimes.co.uk/news/fitting-tribute-to-larne-ww2-pilot-70-years-on-1-1711373


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Dec-2017 14:42 Laurent Rizzotti Added
29-Apr-2018 19:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2018 19:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-Oct-2018 05:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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