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    Default Hullavington Spitfire crash 1 April 1948

    Hi all:
    Seeking a few details on the Empire Flying School Spitfire crash in which Flt Lt Leonard Thomas Taylor, a Lowestoft man, was killed on 1 April 1948. According to the local (Lowestoft) paper he was '..carrying out experimental low circuits for landing in bad weather, went into a spiral dive and crashed in a field'. Taylor had previously served in Coastal Command as a Sqn Leader.
    Any additional info on him or the crash would be much appreciated.

    TIA,

    Bob C

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    Hi

    Spitfire IX MA709, FCW-C, 'H.E.H Nizam's State Railway I', a presentation aircraft, caught fire and exploded following a fuel leak and crashed inverted at Kingston St Michael, Wilts. Taylor's service No was 89383 and he is buried in Chippenham cemetery.

    Gifts of War, Boot and Sturtivant

    regards
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    Just to add a little to Dave's post, Bob; this from Rod Priddle's Wings Over Wiltshire:

    On 1st April 1948 the Empire Flying School lost Spitfire LF Mk9 MA709 which had been airborne for about 40 minutes in all weather flying detail (sic). During an overshoot following a normal approach, the aircraft was climbing away when the engine was enveloped in smoke and flame which resulted in an explosion. The aircraft dived into the ground at Kingston St Michael, two and a half miles north of Chippenham, killing the pilot Flt Lt Leonard T Taylor.


    The following day The Times carried a very brief note about the accident.

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    Gentlemen,

    Many thanks for your rapid and detailed responses. I now have all the details I need on this incident.

    Regards, and thanks again,

    BC

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    Very late to this thread but a photo of his headstone


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    Hi

    Think that should read Kington St Michael..............no "S"

    regards Peter

    source Ordnance Survey

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    Gentlemen, I have just had a quick scan on here after some months away and seen your posts and the picture of the grave.

    Very many thanks for your help in all departments on this one.

    Regards,

    Bob C

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