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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25040
Last updated: 15 August 2020
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Date:13-APR-1947
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:10 ANS Royal Air Force (10 ANS RAF)
Registration: NA735
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Black Boy Wood, Garston, near Watford, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Driffield, Yorkshire
Narrative:
The Wellington Mark X was on a night navigation exercise from Driffield in Yorkshire taking off on 12 April. It was to fly a triangular course landing back at Driffield. The weather closed in and they could not get back into Driffield or their alternates - Dishforth or Woodbridge. Running out of fuel the crew were ordered to bale out. My uncle, Sgt Stanley Goodwin, also a pilot but acting as a navigator on this flight saw the others out first then put Warrant Officer Wasiak’s parachute ready next to him and then baled out himself. The engines were still running and my uncle expected Wasiak to follow him out. It is not known what W/O Wasiak intended. My uncle came down at Waltham Cross, Essex. The aircraft crashed at Garston near Watford. W/O Wasiak was found dead near the crash suspended from a tree by his parachute harness.
This account is verified both by my uncle’s RAF logbook entries and several conversations I had with him. Also by several newspaper reports including the subsequent coroner’s inquest.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.67. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. https://niebieskaeskadra.pl/drukuj_airmen.php?id=2788
3. https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/5044223.hunting-for-a-polish-airman-who-died-in-garston/
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-440-wellington-x-garston-1-killed
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2929352/wasiak,-antoni-m./
6. Personal knowledge: Conversations with my uncle, Sgt Stanley Goodwin, who was second pilot & navigator instructor and sight of his log book.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
26-Apr-2013 05:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Apr-2017 18:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Apr-2017 18:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
07-Nov-2019 23:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2019 22:29 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Aug-2020 09:14 Tractorman Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
14-Aug-2020 16:58 Tractorman Updated [Location, Narrative]
15-Aug-2020 12:26 Anon. Updated [Total occupants]

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