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Last updated: 11 September 2021
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Date:11-JAN-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American P-51K-10-NT Mustang IVA
Owner/operator:303 (Warsaw-Koscuisco) Squadron Royal Air Force (303 (Warsaw-Koscuisco) Sqn RAF)
Registration: KM238
MSN: 111-30494
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland
Narrative:
North American P-51K-10-NT Mustang: ex-USAAF 44-12361 [MSN 111-30494] to RAF as Mustang IVA KM238. To 303 (Dywizjon Myśliwski "Warszawski im. Tadeusza Kościuszki" (Polish)) Squadron, RAF. During 1945, 303 Squadron continued to operate over the Netherlands, on the 3rd of April, 303 squadron joined 133 Squadron at RAF Andrewsfield, Essex, and was re-equipped with the North American Mustang Mk. IV, including KM238

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 11-1-46 when crashed at RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland. The pilot approached to land at RAF Wick at too high a speed and too high an altitude. The pilot realised this, and in response, opened up the throttle to initiate an overshoot and to go around again. During this manouvre, the port wing dropped, the aircraft swung around the port wing (as the wingtip had dug itself into the ground), and the Mustang tipped up onto its nose, damaging the propeller.

Although the aircraft was written off ("deemed damaged betyond repair") the pilot was uninjured.

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.27 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.32
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft KA100-KZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
4. 303 (Polish) Squadron ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1946 to 31/1/1946: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 27/1666/50 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8400102
5. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_1.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._303_Squadron_RAF#History


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-May-2021 18:30 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 18:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
31-May-2021 18:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Narrative]
31-May-2021 20:57 Fanda Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Jun-2021 22:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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