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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Fleet Air Arm Crest
07.10.1956 No. 831 Squadron Sea Vampire T22 XA168 Lt/Cdr. Tanner

Operation: Test flight

Date: 07th October 1956 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 831 Squadron Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm

Type: Sea Vampire T22

Serial: XA168

Code: 901

Base: RNAS Blackcap (Stretton)

Location: Willington Hall, Willington Lane, Cheshire

Pilot: Lt/Cdr. Henry George Tanner Age 33. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

The aircraft had been at Blackcap for modifications and was on its first test flight.

The flight took it over the Willington area of Cheshire where the Vampire was seen to come out of low cloud near to Willington Hall and dive into the ground adjacent to Willington Lane. The aircraft caught fire on impact an Lt/Cdr. Tanner, then aged 33 was killed.

Above: Grave of the pilot and right: plaque which commemorates all those who died while serving at Blackcap.

Burial details:

Lt/Cdr. Henry George Tanner. St Cross Churchyard, Appleton, Thorne. Husband of Elizabeth Mary (née Scott) Tanner of Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. Grave inscription reads: "They Shall Not Grow Old We That Are Left Grow Old Age Shall Not Weary Them Nor The Years Condemn".

MM 29.01.2019

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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