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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24929
Last updated: 15 May 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:201 Advanced Flying School Royal Air Force (201 AFS RAF)
Registration: PF988
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Tangmere, West Sussex
The crew was completing a training flight over The Channel. While flying off the Channel Islands, the crew informed ground about an engine fire. The captain decided to divert to RAF Tangmere for an emergency landing. On final approach, he was unable to lower the gear so the aircraft belly landed, slid for several yards and came to rest in flames.

While all three occupants were uninjured, the aircraft was destroyed by the post impact fire. The student navigator (Stephen Purvis Cawthorne, DFM) rescued the signaller (Sgt G. Burrell) from the burning wreckage. For this act of gallantry he was awarded the B.E.M (British Empire Medal). All three occupants were injured - pilot thrown out suffering head injuries; Stephen Cawthorne serious hand burns, and Sgt Burrell severe face and hand burns which necessitated lengthy hospital treatment. Sgt Burrell had previously served as a wireless operator/air gunner on Blenheims (114 Sqn UK) and RAF Liberators (215 Sqn Far East) in WW2,


1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.96. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/W2474:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
01-Sep-2013 20:27 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 19:44 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
24-Apr-2017 19:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2019 15:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Dec-2019 17:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
22-Dec-2019 08:42 ProfPaul Updated [Narrative]

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