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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140406
Last updated: 12 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Mustang Mk I
Owner/operator:41 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (41 OTU RAF)
Registration: AP199
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whitchurch, Shropshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Hawarden, Flintshire
Destination airport:RAF Hawarden
Mustang Mk I AP199 took off at 1415 on a practice low level sortie.
The pilot was authorised to operate in the vicinity of the small town of Wem in Shropshire.
The plane's ETA back at Hawarden was 1530.

The Mustang failed to return and was found to have crashed at Whitchurch, along with Mustang Mark Ia AG515.

As the two aircraft had been assigned different routes it appeared that the two pilots had met up in the course of their flights for a session of unauthorised formation flying or practice air combat and had collided.

Both pilots were killed and a person on the ground was seriously injured by a machine gun which smashed through the roof of a garage in which she was standing.

A406850 P/O Raphael Rex Heathcote (21) RAAF.

R.R.Heathcote is buried at Hawarden Cemetery.


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Revision history:

13-Dec-2011 17:28 angels one five Added
17-Jan-2012 11:42 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
11-Nov-2012 04:24 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
29-Jun-2013 10:24 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
13-Aug-2013 18:11 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Aug-2013 00:08 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Aug-2013 05:07 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
11-Sep-2013 06:47 angels one five Updated [Operator]
17-Dec-2013 23:48 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Nov-2018 18:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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