Incident Fairey Battle Mk I L5056, 18 Jan 1940
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Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:7 B&GS Royal Air Force (7 B&GS RAF)
Registration: L5056
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Cardiff, Glamorgan -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:RAF Stormy Down, Port Talbot, South Wales
Destination airport:RAF St. Athan, Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fairey Battle L5056 was assigned to 7 B & GS (7 Bombing & Gunnery School, RAF Stormy Down, Port Talbot). On 18th January 1940, the aircraft crashed during a forced landing near Cardiff, Glamorgan, and was substantially damaged.

Repaired and returned to service; transferred 7 January 1941 to the SAAF, and crated at RAF Sealand for shipment to South Africa. Lost at sea when cargo aboard the S.S. "Huntingdon" (10,946 GRT) which was sunk on 24 February 1941. By who has been disputed in the past. Seems that the Italian submarine Bianchi is now given as the submarine who sank it, although other sources credit the sinking to the German U-Boat U-96. The ship was part of Convoy OB 288: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (at 58°25′N 20°23′W). All crew were rescued by the Greek Vessel "Papalemos".

L5056 was one of four Fairey Battles lost with the sinking of the s.s Huntingtdon: L5056, L5057, L5431, and L5563


1. Halley, J J, 1979, Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000 to L9999, p.33.
2. The Battle File, Sidney Shail, Air Britain 1997 p.142

Revision history:

25-Mar-2008 22:16 JINX Added
25-Mar-2008 22:20 JINX Updated
19-May-2019 18:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-May-2019 18:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage]
20-May-2019 19:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-May-2019 07:15 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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