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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231471
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:20-JUN-1953
Time:afternoon
Type:Percival Proctor Mk III
Owner/operator:John Philip Crowther (regd. owner)
Registration: G-AKWV
MSN: HM350
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Southend-on-Sea, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Southend Airport, Southend, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Percival Proctor Mk.III: Built by F. Hills & Sons, Manchester as RAF Proctor HM350 (aircraft's record card uses its former RAF serial in lieu of the official c/no.H260). First civil registered (C of R 12281/1;C of A 10145) on 9/4/48 as G-AKWV to Surrey Financial Trust Ltd., Old Coulsdon, Surrey. Registration cancelled 7/7/48 upon sale

Re-registered (C of R 12281/2) on 20/7/48 to Cinque Ports Flying Club Ltd., Lympne, Kent. Registration cancelled upon sale 29/7/48

Sold on and re-registered (C of R 12281/3) on 7/8/48 to John Philip Crowther, Herne Bay, Kent

Written off (destroyed) 20/06/53 in a mid air collision with another Proctor, G-AIKJ. According to a published source (see link #2):

"Saturday 20th June 1953 saw the National Air Races come to Southend, with thousands turning up to watch the event it was at the time the biggest airshow the town had ever held. The Kings Cup was won by L. A "Clem" Pike in his D.H Chipmunk G-AKDN and the Norton Griffiths trophy was awarded to W.P Bowles who flew Miles Messenger 2a G-AJYZ.

However the event was not without incident Supermarine Spitfire G-AISU/AB910 was damaged in a heavy landing. Worse was to follow with the day ending on a tragic note when Percival Proctor G-AKWV was involved in an mid-air collision with Proctor G-AIKJ whilst taking part in the Kings Cup Air Race, the tail plane and fin broke off and the aircraft impacted with the ground and caught fire the pilot was killed on impact. The second aircraft sustained damage to its propeller and leading edge of the wing. To date, this has been the only death at any airshow held at Southend-on-Sea".

Registration G-AKWV belatedly cancelled by the Secretary of State, Air Ministry on 03/03/59 as "destroyed". It seems that the demise of Proctor G-AKWV only officially came to light when Proctor G-AIKJ (the other aircraft involved) was written off in a crash in 1958. (Proctor G-AIKJ had its registration cancelled as "P/W/F/U destroyed" on 08/06/59 after a crash at Tonbridge, Kent on 16/11/58; it had been sold on and re-registered to new owners on 23/11/53 and again on 26/11/58. So, obviously, it had survived the above crash, been repaired and continued to fly for a further six years)

Sources:

1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/56: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C414828
2. https://www.southendtimeline.com/airpshow53.htm
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AKWV.pdf
4. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1598913
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15767.0
6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/5525466451
7. https://www.sarfend.co.uk/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1148642301
8. http://mainescenery.proboards.com/thread/9682/out-interest

Media:

The Aviation Photo Company: Percival Proctor &emdash; Percival Proctor G-AKWV

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Dec-2019 22:06 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Dec-2019 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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