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    Default Mystery Aircraft Crash Near RAF Manby

    I have been asked if I can identify an aircraft accident in the period April 1955 to November 1956, which is said to have happened near RAF Manby. The map reference is 363878 and that location is about 1/2 mile north of Stewton and in almost a direct line from RAF Manby to Louth.

    My enquirer is convinced it was a English Electric P1. Apparently, the crash guard were 'live armed' and all sworn to secrecy. I don't think it was a P1.

    I have looked through 'Broken Wings', my own research and the list of ejections in Sarah Sharman's biography of James Martin and Flight Testing Accidents. I have pointed the enquirer towards the Manby Form 540.

    Any thoughts gratefully received!

    Colin Cummings

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    Hi Colin

    I have also been approached this week by the daughter of an airman at Manby who is adamant that the aircraft in which Wg Cdr (later A/Cdre) David Fitzpatrick was injured in 1957 was a P1.

    Do you know which aircraft Fitzpatrick was flying at the time of his accident?

    Malcolm

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    Hi,
    A quick web search on reveals no P1 losses during 1955-1956.
    http://www.lightning.org.uk/
    Link below has Firzpatrick crashing in a Hunter,
    http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Fitzpatrick.htm
    "Taking off in a Hunter one day in 1957, the aircraft suffered an engine failure at a height preventing him from ejecting. Narrowly missing the station married quarters at RAF Manby, his aircraft crashed in a field, leaving him with a broken back and damaged knee but alive."
    From this web site it looks like Fizpatrick may have been flying Meteor WL740 on 8/1/1957.
    http://www.bcar.org.uk/1950s-incident-logs

    May be worth looking at losses here to see if anything fits the bill for 1955/56.
    http://www.ukserials.com/losses_index.htm

    Alan.

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    Colin,

    Nothing about a Canberra accident in 'your' locality reported in The Times between 1 April 1955 and 30 November 1956

    Three Canberra accidents were reported:

    26 Sept 1955 at Earl Stonham, near Stowmarket. Report indicates a 4-man crew and one fatality.

    12 Mar 1956 at Filton, Bristol; no fatalities

    28 Sept 1956 at Martelsham Heath; two fatalities.

    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 8th November 2015 at 20:09. Reason: Emphasis on 4 crew to indicate misreporting; the type had a 2-man crew

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    The problem with the Meteor is that the aircraft Fitzpatrick appears to have been flying was repaired so won't appear in any lists of lost airframes and Fitzpatrick was seriously injured resulting in him be hospitalised for some time.

    It was the statement on my website (rafweb) that prompted the person contacting me to query my statement about the aircraft being a Hunter, which I took from his Times obituary.

    Malcolm

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    Default 26 September 1955 Accident

    Apologies folks. Other the The Times report I've been unable to find any other reference to a Canberra accident on 26 September 1955 - or any other RAF/USAF aircraft near Stowmarket for that matter. Sources:

    http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1955.htm
    http://www.accident-report.com/world...e/uk/uk55.html (The F84-F accident listed here was at Manston).

    Any other suggestions - unusual for The Times to make an error.

    Brian

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    Brian,

    Re: Your Canberra on 26-9-1955:

    26-9-1955
    No.231 OCU, Bassingbourn.
    Canberra B.2 WK136

    Tail actuator failed, crew ejected/baled out, and aircraft crashed three and a quarter miles East of Stowmarket, Suffolk.

    152251 S/L (Pilot/Inst.) Stanley George HEWITT AFC RAF - Ejected - OK (Awarded a Bar to AFC for this incident*)
    F/O (Pilot/Student) BATES - Baled out - OK (on rumble seat).
    582777 F/O (Nav./Inst.) Douglas Edward TAYLOR RAF - Ejected - OK
    4140190 P/O (Nav./Student) Patrick John LEIGH RAF - Ejected - +

    * https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/6717

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=21159

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 9th November 2015 at 13:14.

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