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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231337
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Date:04-AUG-1947
Time:day
Type:Percival Proctor Mk V
Owner/operator:CAFU (Civil Aviation Flying Unit)
Registration: G-AGPA
MSN: H.764
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Plympton St. Mary, Plymouth, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Plymouth Airport, Plymouth, Devon (PLH/EGHD)
Destination airport:Gatwick Airport, Horley, Surrey
Narrative:
Percival Proctor Mk.V G-AGPA: Built by F. Hills & Son Manchester (hence the c/no. H.764 - Percival built Proctors had c/nos starting with "Ae". First civil registered (C of R 9630/1; C of A 7188) on 19.6.45 to the Secretary of State, Minister for Civil Aviation, London WC.2. Operated by the CAFU (Civil Aviation Flying Unit) and used for radar calibration duties.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4.8.47 when crashed at Plympton St. Mary, Plymouth, Devon. Details of the crash are unknown, although it is believed there were no fatalities. Registration G-AGPA cancelled 20.7.48 as "reduced to produce as a result of a crash".

Note that several sources quote different dates for the demise of Proctor G-AGPA. The facts seems to be: Crashed 4 August 1947 as per the above. Taken to Gatwick Airport by road for assessment and possible repair. Not repaired, and instead written off and scrapped at Gatwick 20 July 1948, almost a year later. To confuse matters still further, the Air Ministry file at the National Archives (PRO) at Kew gives the date as "4 August 1949" [sic - see link #2]

Sources:

1. Safety Was No Accident: History of the UK Civil Aviation Flying Unit (CAFU) By James Fuller
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/1754: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C575908
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AGPA.pdf
4. https://www.cafuhistory.com/1944---49.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plympton#St_Mary


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Dec-2019 19:26 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Dec-2019 13:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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