Incident North American Harvard T.2B FS821,
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Date:Monday 6 January 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American Harvard T.2B
Owner/operator:EFS RAF
Registration: FS821
MSN: 14A-961
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Hullavington, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Hullavington, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Ex-USAAF Harvard 43-12662 (MSN 14A-961) Delivered to RAF as Harvard IIb FS821. To ECFS (Empire Central Flying School), RAF Hullavington, Chippenham, Wiltshire 7-6-45. The unit was renamed the Empire Flying School on 7-5-46.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6-1-47 when crashed at RAF Hullavington, Chippenham, Wiltshire. The aircraft's wings were not de-iced before takeoff. This caused drag on the wings, which, in turn, cause the Harvard to stall during the takeoff run. The Harvard crashed from a very low altitude, shortly after becoming airborne. The aircraft was written off as Cat. E(FA), but the two crew seems to have survived uninjured.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.132 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 Colin Cummings p 261
3. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988 p 135)
4. Empire Flying School RAF ORB for the period 1-8-1944 to 30-09-1947: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR20/1353:
5. Empire Central Flying School RAF ORB for the period 1-4-1942 to 31-5-1949: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR29/628:

Revision history:

22-May-2023 19:41 Dr. John Smith Added
22-May-2023 21:56 Nepa Updated

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