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Last updated: 21 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Harvard T.2B
Owner/operator:RAF College, Cranwell
Registration: FX280
C/n / msn: 14A-1583
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cranwell Village, Sleaford, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
North American Harvard T.2B FX280 (ex-USAAF 43-34697), RAF College, Cranwell: Written off (destroyed) 6/1/53 when crashed near Cranwell Village, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Towards the end of a sortie from RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire, the pilot initiated a controlled descent through cloud. However, on approach, the QFI Pilot decided to overshoot and divert due to falling snow and low cloud. After about ten minutes flying, the aircraft was seen to dive vertically into a field near Cranwell village. Both crew killed

Crew of Harvard FX280
Flying Officer Terence Patrick Joseph McGrath, RAF (QFI Instructor pilot, Service Number 55594)
Flying Officer Anthony Robin Langley Chester, RAF (Pupil pilot under instruction)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.139 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 327
3. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988 p 106)

Revision history:

08-Jan-2020 02:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 02:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]

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