ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 227354
Last updated: 17 November 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

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: AG401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:RAF Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Sawbridgeworth
After carrying out authorised low level flight involving message-dropping near Tring, Hertfordshire, the aircraft flew through HT cables hidden below a hill and lost its radio aerial and pitot head.

On return to base unannounced, and with no indications of airspeed, a fast approach was made, but during the landing rollout the starboard wheel veered off and fell into a hole under the runway mesh, tipping the aircraft up onto its nose and breaking the propeller.

The pilot, P/O Peter Tonkin, was unhurt.


'Where the Lysanders were ...' (the story of Sawbridgeworth's airfields), Paul A Doyle. Pub by Forward Airfield Research Publishing 1995. ISBN 0 9525 624 05

Related books:

Revision history:

19-Jul-2019 17:23 paddy Added
13-Aug-2020 09:31 Xindel XL Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]
29-Nov-2020 20:00 paddy Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description