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Last updated: 8 December 2021
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Date:Saturday 16 October 1943
Time:15:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Catalina
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: AH551
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ballinamallard, Fermanagh (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Killadeas RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Killadeas RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Catalina operated on a training flight out of RAF Killadeas. The wing dipped during a practice stall. The aircraft had almost recovered when it hit a hillside.
Inquiry final recommendation was for a minimum altitude of 3000 feet AGL prior to attempting a practice stall on a Catalina aircraft. Of the 10 on board, only the 2 blister gunners survived with injuries.

Sources:
» Men Who Died Serving on Lough Erne / Joe OŽLoughlin
» rafcommands.com


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