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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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220 Squadron Crest
28.08.1952 No. 220 Squadron Tiger Moth T5828 F/O. Nesbitt

Operation: Station Flight

Date: 28th August 1952

Unit: No. 220 Squadron

Type: Tiger Moth DH82A

Serial: T5828

Base: RAF Honiley, Wroxall, Warwickshire

Location: RAF Honiley, Wroxall.

Pilot: F/O. M.D. Nesbitt 579894 220 Squadron RAF Survived - no injuries

Pilot 2: Cadet David Morrissey F4218 1908 Squadron ATC Survived - injured


Mr. David Morrissey would like to make contact with the pilot or his relatives


REASON FOR LOSS:

During a station flight the aircraft swung on take off hitting a blast pen at 09.12hrs. Both crew members escaped the crash prior to the aircraft being destroyed by fire. His recollection of the event is described in a letter to us in October 2014. (shown below)

Accident card for Tiger Moth T5828 (courtesy Gerard O’Donnell) The reports states that there was a moderate crosswind at the time and blamed the pilot who was inexperienced on this type of aircraft. The pilot pulled the cadet David Morrissey from the burning aircraft for which he was commended. No disciplinary action was taken.

Burial details:

None - both crew survived.

Researched and dedicated to David Morrisey and his nephew Gerard O’Donnell (who supplied the crash card) and other relatives of this crew. With thanks to RAF Museum, Hendon for accident card, Colin Cummings and his fine research. Aircrew remembered own archives.

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