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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 249866
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Percival P.31 Proctor IV
Owner/operator:1 ASS Royal Air Force (1 ASS RAF)
Registration: RM220
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Upwell, Norfolk, 6 miles south-east of Wisbech, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Percival Proctor Mk.IV NP337, 1 ASS (Air Signals School), RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 16/3/1953 when flew into overhead HT Power lines at Upwell, Norfolk

While on an authorised low flying exercise, the aircraft collided with overhead HT Power Cables at Upwell,Norfolk. The pilot attempted to climb the aircraft over the power cables, but due to control difficulties, the aircraft stalled, and he made a forced landing.

The pilot was able to control the aircraft laterally for some time, but at a very low altitude, the starboard wing dropped, and the aircraft crashed into an embankment. Of the two crew on board, one was killed, and the other was injured

Crew of Proctor RM220:
Sergeant T C MacNally (pilot) RAF - suvived with injuries
LAC (Leading Aircraftman) Terrence Charles Rowe (passenger) RAF - killed in service 16/3/1953

The reported crash location of Upwell is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. Upwell village is on the A1101 road, as is Outwell, its conjoined village at the north. The nearest towns are Wisbech to the north-west and Downham Market to the east.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.121 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 192


Revision history:

17-Apr-2021 23:06 Dr. John Smith Added
18-Apr-2021 16:30 Koumes Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]
29-Jul-2021 18:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Category]

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