Incident de Havilland DH.103 Hornet F Mk 3 PX308,
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Date:Monday 8 January 1951
Type:de Havilland DH.103 Hornet F Mk 3
Owner/operator:41 Sqn RAF
Registration: PX308
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire, England, -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
De Havilland DH.103 Hornet F.1, PX308/"EB-H" of 41 Squadron RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8/1/1951 when crashed near RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. The pilot - Flight Lieutenant J M Gilchrist - had been engaged in a high altitude cine-gun exercise, and upon completion of the mission, had begun a CGA (Ground Controlled Approach) to land back at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

It seems that, during the GCA approach, the pilot was either distracted or affected by fumes in the cockpit, and allowed the aircraft to descend below the glide path. The DH Hornet flew into a lamp standard approximately 1,500 feet from touchdown, and then hit the ground and caught fire. The pilot survived, although he was seriously injured.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.110 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
3. The Hornet File (Lewis G. Cooper, Air Britain, 1992 ISBN: 9780851302027)
4. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.104
6. 41 Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/2612/1 at

Revision history:

15-Jun-2018 19:03 Nepa Added
07-Jan-2021 17:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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