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Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American Harvard T.2B
Owner/operator:RAF College
Registration: FX305
MSN: 14A-1608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Coleby Hall, near Waddington, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
North American AT-16 Harvard FX305: Ex-USAAF 43-34722. Delivered to the RAF in March 1945. Originally ordered as Lend-Lease from US, USAAF serials allocated. Order transferred to Canadian Mutual Aid; this contract was back-dated to some aircraft already delivered. Aircraft up to FX354/43-34771 had USAAF data plates fitted recording the USAAF serials which had been retrospectively cancelled

Delivered March 1948 to the RAF College, Cranwell as FAD-K. Written off (destroyed) 6 January 1950, due to structural failure in flight - lost both wings in dive while recovering from aerobatics at an altitude of 3,000 feet. Pilot - aged 20 flying solo - was killed.

Crew of Harvard FX305:
Flight Cadet Sergeant Alasdair Seton Hamilton Black, aged 20

The 20-year old pilot fatality was the stepson of Marshal of the Royal Air Force Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder, GCB (11 July 1890 – 3 June 1967). Alasdair Seton Hamilton Black was the son of Marie (Toppy) Black (née Seton) whom Tedder had married in October 1943. That is, he was a child acquired by marriage, rather than his biological son.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4) p 98
2. The Harvard File (John F Hamlin, Air Britain, 1988 p 107)
3. Correio da Manhã 7 January 1950, p 6
4. Belfast Telegraph Antrim, Northern Ireland 7 January 1950
5. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.29
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2476:
7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 233/2:

Revision history:

03-Oct-2015 17:01 TB Added
18-Oct-2019 15:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2019 15:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Dec-2019 22:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 22:05 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
15-Dec-2020 13:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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