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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209870
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Westland Whirlwind Mk I
Owner/operator:263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Squadron Royal Air Force (263 (Fellowship of the Bellows) Sqn RAF)
Registration: P7044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:field next to Speech House, Speech House Road, Coleford, Gloucestershi -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Charmy Down, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Charmy Down
Although the squadron was then based at Filton the aircraft was positioned to Charmy Down for the purpose of the task, which was the participation in a searchlight co-operation exercise. During the course of the flight the aircraft was seen to dive steeply from 4000' and crash in a field near Coleford that contained the cricket pitch for the Speech House.

It is unsure whether the pilot lost control, or the controls were iced up.

Sgt Derrick Ellis Prior (21) 1166018 RAFVR killed

A memorial plaque to the event was erected on a garden wall near the pavilion in the Speech House grounds and dedicated on 4 October 1998.


RAF 263 Squadron ORB (Form 540)
Forest of Dean newsletter of November 2015
Paul Doyle personal files

Revision history:

25-Apr-2018 15:08 paddy Added
03-May-2018 20:00 paddy Updated [Source]
21-Oct-2018 19:21 paddy Updated [Narrative]
11-Nov-2018 12:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Nov-2019 11:15 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Operator]

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