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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192565
Last updated: 11 September 2021
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Date:05-JAN-1942
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth Mk II
Owner/operator:4 EFTS Royal Air Force (4 EFTS RAF)
Registration: T6023
MSN: 84171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sandbank in Humber off Weighton Lock, nr Faxfleet Yorkshire England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Brough, East Yorkshire (EGNB)
Destination airport:RAF Brough, East Yorkshire (EGNB)
Narrative:
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth MSN 84171: Taken on charge as T6023 nominally at 15 MU RAF Wroughton, Wiltshire 5.2.41; stored ‘purgatory’ at Rockley Farm, Cumnor (or at Archer Crowley Ltd, Oxford) until returned to Morris Motors Ltd., Cowley, Oxfordshire for erection 10.7.41. Finally delivered to the RAF To 4 EFTS Brough, East Yorkshire 17.7.41

On 5.1.42 this 4 E.F.T.S. aircraft took off from Brough airfield at 14.45 hours with an instructor and pupil pilot on board. They were to undertake a basic dual instruction training flight. While the aircraft was in the air a snow shower passed over the airfield. Nothing was seen of the aircraft again. It was assumed that the aircraft had flown into the snow storm and the pilot had become lost. The aircraft probably crashed into the Humber while flying in a blizzard. The bodies of the crew were never recovered. A location suggested was the the aircraft crashed "off Weighton Lock" possibly onto a tidal mud flat.
Crew:
P/O (111528) Norman Clifford Davies (Instrcutor Pilot) RAFVR - killed.
LAC (1380487) Robin Harry Williams (Pupil pilot u/t) RAFVR - killed.

Both were not recovered and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The wreckage of Tiger Moth T6023 was found and salvaged on 7.1.42, two days after the accident, but the crew were not on board.

Weighton Lock is a physical lock gate which holds water from the Market Weighton Canal prior to discharge in the River Humber. The Humber is formed at this location from the Rivers Trent and Ouse. During low tide the area is mud and sand and thus may be considered to fit the term ’into the ground’.

Faxfleet is a hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately 6 miles (10 km) west of Brough, and at the start of the Humber, on the north bank, where the River Ouse and the River Trent meet.

Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?4519-420105-Unaccounted-airmen-5-1-1942&highlight=DAVIES&p=25292#post25292
2. https://air-britain.com/pdfs/production-lists/DH82.pdf
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york42/t6023.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Weighton_Canal
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p841.html
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/231914/NORMAN%20CLIFFORD%20DAVIES/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1531710/ROBIN%20HARRY%20WILLIAMS/
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faxfleet

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jan-2017 05:05 Laurent Rizzotti Added
10-Aug-2021 23:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
10-Aug-2021 23:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Aug-2021 23:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Aug-2021 10:14 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]
11-Aug-2021 17:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]

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