Incident North American Harvard T Mk 2B KF489,
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Date:Thursday 16 January 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American Harvard T Mk 2B
Owner/operator:3 FTS RAF
Registration: KF489
MSN: 14A-2290
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Feltwell, 10 miles west of Thetford, Norfolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk
Destination airport:
North American Harvard T.2b KF489 [MSN 14A-2290], 3 FTS RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 16 January 1947 in a take-off accident at RAF Feltwell, 10 miles west of Thetford, Norfolk, England.

During the take-off run at RAF Feltwell, the pilot prematurely selected undercarriage 'up' before the aircraft was safely airborne. The undercarriage wads damaged, and the aircraft sank back onto the ground, making a 'wheels up' belly landing. Aircraft written off as Cat. E(FA), but the pilot seems to have survived unscathed.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.262
3. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988)
4. ORB 3 FTS RAF 1-1-1946 to 31-12-1950: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR29/1812:

Revision history:

22-May-2023 18:41 Dr. John Smith Added
22-May-2023 18:45 Dr. John Smith Updated
23-May-2023 16:52 Nepa Updated

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