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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25272
Last updated: 18 December 2019
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Date:29-MAY-1951
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk X
Owner/operator:1 ANS Royal Air Force (1 ANS RAF)
Registration: RP382
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile ESE of Grittleton, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Hullavington, Wiltshire (EGDV)
Destination airport:RAF Hullavington, Wiltshire (EGDV)
Narrative:
Wellington Mk.X RP382 from No 1 Air Navigational School, RAF Hullavington. On 29.5.1951, the plane crashed 1 mile east south east of Grittleton, during night navigational practice. According to contemporary press report ("Wiltshire Times 2 June 1951):

"Heroic rescue attempts were made by a member of an RAF rescue squad who twice entered the blazing wreckage of an aircraft which crashed at Grittleton in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The aircraft was a Wellington form the RAF Station at Hullavington and 2 of the 3 occupants were killed, the third being seriously injured. The two who died were the pilot, Sgt Borivaj Smid (788527) and Officer Cadet John Lindsay (4043379) Officer Cadet Philips, the third member of the crew received severe injuries and was taken to the RAF hospital at Halton, Buckinghamshire

The aircraft crashed in a field between Crowdown, the residence of Mr L.W. Neeld, owner of the Grittleton estate and Sevington. It hit the ground in a ploughed field, rose into the air again, demolishing an electricity supply pole, then crashed through a line of big elm trees, breaking one off about 10 feet from its base. From this point, it began to break up, and the body came to rest about 300 yards further on and was burnt out. One of the occupants was thrown clear, but was dead when help arrived. Wreckage was spread over a large area.

The scene of the crash was little more than a mile across country from the aerodrome, and within a short space of time, rescue and fire tenders were on the spot. L/AC Jarrett, a member of the rescue party who come from Dundry, near Bristol, and whose only protection was an eye shield, twice went into the burning wreckage. The first time, he rescued Officer Cadet Philips, and then re-entered the blazing inferno to bring out another crew member, who unfortunately died shortly after."

Sources:

1. Wilts Times 2 June 1951.
2. http://www.pro-patria.co.uk/Text/Chippenham%20Cemetery/john_Lindsay.htm
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1951/archives/crash-of-a-vickers-619-wellington-x-in-raf-hullavington-2-killed/]
4. http://www.pro-patria.co.uk/Text/Chippenham%20Cemetery/Borivaj_smid.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
04-Mar-2017 07:41 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2017 23:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 18:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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