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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155766
Last updated: 3 August 2019
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Date:08-JUN-1945
Time:
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk VII
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force - RAF (Royal Air Force - RAF)
Registration: PN203
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Burdyke Avenue, Clifton, York, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Hooton Park, Cheshire
Destination airport:Clifton Airfield, York, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
After the end of the War, many of the Halifaxes used by Bomber Command were flown to Clifton airfield to be scrapped. This aircraft was being ferried from Hooton Park, Cheshire to Clifton, North Yorkshire on 8th June 1945 and was forced to shut down and feather the port outer engine before it arrived over York.

He approached from the Haxby direction and was on his final approach to land with only three good engines. Late into his approach air traffic control signaled to him not to land, by firing a red Verey cartridge into the air, as there was an obstruction blocking the runway. The pilot attempted to overshoot but at such a low height of fifty feet and with only three engines gaining much height quickly was virtually impossible.

A wingtip clipped the top of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Burdyke Avenue, Clifton and the aircraft crashed into the car park of the nearby Imperial Hotel killing both airmen instantly on board. Wreckage was scattered in the housing estate for some distance.

Fifty one years after this crash members of the Yorkshire Air Museum were responsible for erecting a memorial at the foot of the church tower in Clifton. Members of the airmens families were in attendance, including A/C Colin Cruickshanks AFC (the pilot's son), the pilot's mother and two sisters of the flight engineer.

Pilot - F/Lt Ian J A Cruickshanks RAFVR (80819), aged 26, Buried Leamington Milverton Cemetery.

F Eng - F/Sgt Victor H Clare DFM RAFVR (1605068), aged 20, of Acton, Middlesex. Buried Fulford Cemetery, York.

Sources:

http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/ryedale/jp203.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-May-2013 09:43 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Oct-2018 07:44 ALAN MACKAY Updated [Registration]

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