Operation: Ferry flight
Date: 16th September 1949 (Friday)
Unit: Central Gunnery School (CGS)
Type: Miles Master T2
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Leconfield
Location: Widdop Road - 5.5 miles N-W Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Reginald Brasington Price 1339581 RAF Age 27. Killed
Pilot 2: F/O. Sydney Inman Rowe 58062 RAF (626372 as NCO) Age 32. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Reginald Price detailed to transport F/O. Rowe to Squires Gate, Blackpool. Briefing was to fly at 2,000 ft under Visual Flight Rules and to return to base if the weather prevented him from reaching the destination.
It seems that the aircraft entered cloud at 800 ft. and flew into high ground clipping a dry stone wall then hitting the next before crashing into a field opposite - killing both crew members.
Above Fl/Sgt. Reginald Brasington Price - after and before awarded his wings. (courtesy Donald Price)
Back Row: W/O. Nairn, Fl/Sgt. Francis, P/O. Simpson, Fl/Sgt. Purchase, Fl/Sgt. Taylor, Fl/Sgt. Brooks, W/O. Zygherski, F/O. Luby, F/O. Auty, F/O. Figgle, Fl/Sgt. Beddow, Sgt. Dayda. Middle Row: Fl/Sgt. Trend W/O. Swedorski, W/O. Sobieraz, Fl/Sgt. Norman, Max, Fl/Sgt. Gray, W/O. Thomas, Fl/Sgt., Ward, Fl/Sgt. R.B. Price, Jake, P/O. Brown. Front Row: W/O Stack, Ben, W/O Reis, Fl/Sgt. Atherden, Johnny, F/O. Summers D.F.C., Mary Mae, Sq/Ldr. Barton, Fl/Sgt. Lowe D.F.C. F/O. Tetley, F/O. Holmes, P/O. Thomas. no further details on when and where this was taken - are you able to assist? As they are all wearing their wings it is guessed that it was at a post pilot training course? The names have been deciphered as best as he could by Donald. (courtesy Donald Price)
Above: Taken during training in South Africa - no further details if Sgt Price was flying or that he took the aircraft - but in his possessions (courtesy Donald Price)
Above: RAF Leconfield Rugby Club. Reginald Price is Captain holding the ball - are you able to recognise others? (courtesy Donald Price)
Fl/Sgt. Reginald Brasington Price. Molesey Cemetery, West Molesey, Surrey. Born on the 01st September 1922, the husband of Mary Price (née McLean - WRAF LACW 2074474) of 81 Married Quarters, RAF Leconfield. Son of Reginald William Price and Emily Elizabeth Price (née Brasington) 9 Hurst Road, East Molesey, Surrey, England
F/O. Sydney Inman Rowe - No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Donald Price who contacted us in July 2017 (Donald is the son off Reginald Price. With thanks to Colin Cummings: “Final Landings” Other sources indicated below.
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them. - Laurence
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