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
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.
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.