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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20773
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Boulton Paul Balliol T.2
Owner/operator:RAF College Cranwell
Registration: WG133
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fishtoft, 2 miles NW of Boston, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire (EGYE)
Destination airport:
Boulton Paul Balliol T.2 WG133: Delivered 21/1/53. RAF Service was with 7 FTS, RAF Cottesmore and RAF College Cranwell (aircraft usually based at Barkston Heath). Sustained Cat.3(R) damage when taxied into Balliol WG186 by the pilot of WG133 while that pilot was on his first solo flight; both aircraft were repaired and returned to service.

Written off (destroyed) 3/12/54: Hit ground recovering from spin after control lost, and dived into the ground at Fishtoft, two miles North West of Boston, Lincolnshire. Pilot (flying solo) was killed

Crew of Balliol WG133
Flight Cadet Geoffrey Hugh Wilson Gardiner (pilot, aged 20) - killed on active service 3/12/54


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.166 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p.42)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.105
4. The Boulton Paul Balliol: The Last Merlin-Powered Aircraft By Alec Brew

Revision history:

07-Jun-2008 20:58 JINX Added
29-Apr-2020 17:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Apr-2020 17:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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