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Date:10-JAN-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American P-51C-10-NT Mustang Mk III
Owner/operator:118 Squadron Royal Air Force (118 Sqn RAF)
Registration: KH537
MSN: MSN 111-29090
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Attlebridge, 8 miles NW of Norwich, Norfolk, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Attlebridge, Norfolk
Narrative:
North American P-51-10-NT Mustang Mk.III: Ex-USAAF 44-10962 (MSN 111-29090) to RAF as Mustang III KH537. Issued to 118 Squadron, RAF at Bentwaters, Suffolk

Written off (destroyed) January 10, 1946 when crashed while avoiding buildings during overshot forced landing following engine failure, RAF Attlebridge, 8 miles North-West of Norwich, Norfolk. The aircraft was low flying when the engine failed. The pilot was able to pull the Mustang up to an altitude of approximately 300 feet, and then attempted to make a landing on the airfield at RAF Attlebridge, 8 miles North West of Norwich, Norfolk, which was immediately below him.

However, the Mustang overran the runway at RAF Attlebridge, and crashed in an attempt to avoid farm buildings near the end of the runway. (After the war, RAF Attlebridge was placed in "care and maintenance" status for a few years, eventually being closed in 1950).

Despite being wrecked (written off as "destroyed") the pilot surived with only minor injuries.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.27 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.30
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft KA100-KZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. 118 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/6/1945 to 31/3/1946: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/908/35 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8387046
5. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_1.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._118_Squadron_RAF#Second_World_War
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Attlebridge


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-May-2021 22:56 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 08:44 MiG19 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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