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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161348
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Date:25-OCT-1941
Time:22:07
Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:125 (Newfoundland) Squadron Royal Air Force (125 (Newfoundland) Sqn RAF)
Registration: T3985
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Park Crescent, Skewen, Neath, South Glamorgan, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Fairwood Common, Glamorganshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Defiant T3985 (125 Sqn) : On 25th October 1941 during a night patrol the aircraft hit a barrage balloon cable. Both crew members were able to abandon the aircraft prior to it crashing into the ground at Park Crescent, Skewen, Neath, South Glamorgan. However, the pilots chute did not open in time to save him, and his body was discovered 200 yards north of the crash site
Crew:
Sgt (NZ402170) Clive Alan Gillions DALE (pilot) RNZAF baled out too low and his parachute failed to open and he was killed.
Sgt (NZ40600) John Barron BAYLISS (AG) RNZAF - successfully baled out, slightly injured in "hard" parachute descent.

Sources:

1. Glamorganshire Police reports for 1939-41. (Glam PRO; DCON/279/7).
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12863-Defiant-T3985-of-125-Squadron.
3. http://www.ggat.org.uk/timeline/pdf/Military%20Aircraft%20Crash%20Southeast%20Wales.pdf
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2717280/dale,-clive-alan-gillions/
5. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/lost/defiant/106962-4156059.html
6. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/25152339/clive-alan_gillions-dale
7. https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/clive-alan-gillions-dale
8. http://ciapoldiescorner.blogspot.com/2009/10/events-for-25th-october.html
9. AIR81/9850


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Oct-2013 07:03 Nepa Added
11-Nov-2014 14:20 Pepa Updated [Location]
05-Jun-2015 18:48 Scout Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-May-2019 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2020 08:25 Oezil Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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