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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231788
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Boulton Paul Balliol T Mk 2
Owner/operator:CFE Royal Air Force (CFE RAF)
Registration: VR596
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5 miles East of Castle Rising, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF West Raynham, Fakenham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Boulton Paul Balliol T.Mk.2, VR596, CFE (Central Fighter Establishment), RAF: Written off (destroyed) 14/8/52 when crashed 1.5 miles East of Castle Rising, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk. One of the two crew was killed

The pilot, Major C.H. Fairburn, USAF reported engine failure in flight, and, having failed to gain enough altitude, both he and the navigator attempted to bail out of the aircraft. The navigator jumped clear of the aircraft, but his parachute did not deploy properly and he was killed as he plunged to earth. The pilot was forced back into the aircraft by an unexpected surge of power, and was still on board the aircraft when it crashed 1.5 miles East of Castle Rising, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk. The cause of the engine failure was attributed to problems with the fuel valves in the engine

Crew of Balliol VR596
Major C.H. Fairburn, USAF (pilot) - survived but injured
Flying Officer Michael Frank Wheatley, RAF (Navigator) (Service Number 2203181) - killed on active service 14/8/52


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.133 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 278-279
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/107:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2589:


The Aviation Photo Company: Balliol (Boulton Paul) &emdash; RAF Boulton Paul Balliol T.2 VR596

Revision history:

29-Dec-2019 18:42 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Dec-2019 19:21 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
19-Mar-2021 22:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Mar-2021 22:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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