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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 263467
Last updated: 14 October 2021
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Type:Airspeed AS-51 Horsa Mk II
Owner/operator:21 HGCU RAF
Registration: RZ115
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF North Luffenham, Rutland
Destination airport:RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire
Airspeed AS-51 Horsa Mk.II RZ115, 21 HGCU (Heavy Glider Conversion Unit) RAF North Luffenham, Rutland: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 11-1-46 in a "hard" landing at RAF Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire

The glider made a heavy landing at RAF Elsham Wolds in crosswinds, and the force of the landing pushed the undercarriage through the fuselage floor. According to one soruce (see link #6) the Horsa caught fire after it crashed. Being of wood construction, the aircraft would have burnt out. Although the aircraft was written off ("deemed damaged beyond repair") the pilot was uninjured.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.28 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.33
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)


Horsa drawing

Revision history:

31-May-2021 19:07 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 19:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
31-May-2021 20:58 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
01-Jun-2021 21:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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