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Sea Mosquito Break-up 1948

Posted by Peter Auliff on October 28, 2015 at 8:35 AM

Does anyone remember this air crash in 1948?

I was about 200 metres from the end of the runway when I saw a Sea Mosquito take off from the airfield at Weston-Super-Mare. It was the straightest take off that I had ever seen. The pilot kept the ‘plane directly in line with the runway for several minutes, until it was almost out of sight, before turning right and continuing to climb up into the clouds.

After climbing up to about 5000 metres the pilot weaved through the clouds until he was directly over my head. At this point, the pilot put the ‘plane into a power dive. When he got down to about 1000 metres and was travelling at about 1000 km/hr, I said. “You bloody fool”. I continued to repeat. “You bloody fool “. “You bloody fool”. Until he was down to about 200 metres above my head, when he pulled out of the dive. As he levelled out, he started to roll to the left. At this point, I changed from saying. “You bloody fool”. Into, “You was a bloody fool”. “You was a bloody fool”.

I watched as the ‘plane roared over me and starting into a roll. Within seconds of starting the roll, the port navigation light cover broke off allowing the force of air to collapse the whole of the light fitting. Air pressure then built up in the wing tip and it broke off. This was followed by the wing, from the tip to the engine, splitting in half from the top surface and bottom surface. These fluttered to the ground in front of me, while the plane continued on, rolling onto it’s back, skimming over the road and slamming alongside the runway in front of the control tower.

After the roar of the engines, there was a second of absolute silence, then the explosion that only lasted a few seconds. Only a small pile of debris was remaining on the runway. The engines had continued on to the edge of the airfield and the wooden structure of the ‘plane had gone back up to about 1000 metres and pieces were picked up scores of kilometres away.

Fortunately there was no traffic on the road otherwise there may have been an even greater disaster than the previous bus and aircraft accident.


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3:20 PM on October 30, 2015 
Bl**dy Nora!! So there was a history of crashes at Locking airfield then? The wrecked bus and this Mossie?