Wirestrike Accident Percival Provost T Mk 1 WV545,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56543
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Tuesday 3 August 1954
Type:Percival Provost T Mk 1
Owner/operator:6 FTS RAF
Registration: WV545
MSN: PAC/56/091
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Market Drayton, Shropshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.Mk.1 WV545: Delivered 19/01/54. RAF Service was with 6 FTS RAF Tern Hill, Shropshire, only

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 3/8/1954: Flew into overhead HT cables and crashed at Market Drayton, Shropshire during an Instrument Flying Training sortie at low level. Aircraft hit HT cables at 35 feet AGL (above ground level), dived into the ground, collided with a farm shed and caught fire. Both crew were killed

Crew of Provost WV545:
Flight Lieutenant David Idwall HYTCH (Service Number 56206, QFI Instructor Pilot, aged 33)
Acting Pilot Officer Leonard Harold STAFFORD (Service Number 1921013, Pupil Pilot Under Training, aged 22)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.161 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.101)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.79
4. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WV
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?3670-Shropshire-s-casualties-and-aircraft-crashes
6. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/38362/page/4241/data.pdf
7. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/40250/supplement/4618/data.pdf

Revision history:

06-Mar-2013 17:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2016 19:11 Hytch Updated [Total fatalities]
13-Dec-2018 18:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
17-Apr-2020 19:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2020 09:06 AlLach Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314