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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48621
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:31-JAN-1941
Time:03:10 LT
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:1 SFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ256
MSN: 455
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Wigram AFB, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RNZAF Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand
Destination airport:RNZAF Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand
Narrative:
Airspeed AS-10 Oxford Mark I. Built by Airspeed Ltd, Portsmouth, England with RAF serial P1953. Brought On Charge with Unit No.1, RNZAF Hobsonville on 11 April 1940 and assembled at No.1 Aircraft Depot. Allocated RNZAF Serial NZ256. Issued To No.1 SFTS, Wigram.

Written off (destroyed) when crashed at Wigram at 03:10 hours on 31 January 1941. The pilot, the sole person on board, was performing a training mission at Wigram AFB consisting of touch & goes. After he completed several manoeuvres, he landed briefly and then increased the engine power for a new take off procedure. During the initial climb, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed in a huge explosion some 2 miles (3 km) from the airbase and was destroyed.

Parts of this aircraft were possibly used in the construction of INST35 which was allotted to the TTS, Wigram (along with parts of Airspeed Oxford NZ279)

The pilot - Leading Aircraftman Allan Henry McIver (Service Number NZ403466) - was killed in this flying accident.
R.I.P.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-gallery.com.au/.au/nz-serials/nzoxford.htm
2. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sooty/miscairdeaths.html
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1941/archives/crash-of-an-airspeed-as-10-oxford-in-wigram-afb-1-killed/
4. http://rnzaf.proboards.com/post/158290
5. www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C29450
6. https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/allan-henry-mciver


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Dec-2008 21:01 angels one five Added
29-May-2009 23:20 XLerate Updated
09-Dec-2011 06:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 11:29 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
23-Jan-2012 00:52 angels one five Updated [[Time, Aircraft type, Operator]]
23-Aug-2012 00:29 Lateron Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Narrative]
30-May-2013 15:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
08-Jun-2013 00:17 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
19-Jun-2013 11:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
03-Jul-2013 23:37 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location]
24-Jul-2014 04:50 angels one five Updated [Time, Registration]
12-Feb-2015 07:15 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2015 17:48 Jixn Updated [Time, Operator]
09-Aug-2017 18:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2019 15:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Oct-2021 10:32 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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