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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219928
Last updated: 11 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American P-51 Mustang Mk I
Owner/operator:2 (AC) Squadron Royal Air Force (2 (AC) Sqn RAF)
Registration: AG551
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fenning Island, Somerset, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Sawbridgeworth
In the course of an air firing exercise at Stert Point ranges on Fenning Island, after having fired on the target, the aircraft hit the sea wall immediately behind the targets and disintegrated, the entire cockpit section being thrown out.
The pilot may have suffered from 'target fixation' as no attempt was made to pull out of the dive onto the targets.
P/O (116.424) Gerald Patrick Dobson YOUNG (pilot) - killed.


'Where the Lysanders were ..' (the story of Sawbridgeworth's airfields) Paul A Doyle, pub 1995 by Forward Airfield Research Publishing. ISBN 09525 624 05
ORB 2 Sqdn RAF

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Revision history:

23-Dec-2018 12:30 paddy Added
24-Dec-2018 09:02 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
21-Apr-2020 08:11 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
13-Aug-2020 09:22 Apen Updated [Registration, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Operator]
13-Aug-2020 09:33 Xindel XL Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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