19.10.1959 ETPS Varsity TI WF381 Sq/Ldr. Norman G. Emslie
Date: 19th October 1959 (Monday)
Unit: No. ETPS
Type: Vickers Varsity TI
Base: RAF Tangmere
Location: 4 miles north of airfield
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Norman Graham Emslie 2600310 RAF Age 31. Killed
Nav: Fl/Lt. Victor Albert Sawkins 195857 RAF Age 34. Killed
A memorial is currently being planned for losses in this area of aircrew, from WWII and since, both Allied and Axis forces. Contact us for further information as the organisers, led by Robert Godwin, are trying to raise funds to finance this.
REASON FOR LOSS:
The pilot, Sq/Ldr. Emslie was, at the time a student at the Empire Test Pilots School. Taking off from RAF Tangmere on a handling test, asymmetric safety speed assessment.
The aircraft was seen to be flying at 2000 ft in a landing configuration. Full power was applied to one engine and the aircraft assumed a steep climbing attitude prior to stalling and falling into a spin. Understood to have crashed some 4 mile north of the airfield killing both of the crew.
Sq/Ldr. Norman Graham Emslie. Slains Kirkyard, Collieston, Aberdeen, Scotland. No further details, are you able to assist?
Fl/Lt. Victor Albert Sawkins. Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough. No further details, are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Robert Godwin and sources as quoted below: