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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199320
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Bristol Bulldog TM
Owner/operator:3 FTS Royal Air Force (3 FTS RAF)
Registration: K3939
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Onecote, near Leek, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Grantham, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
The aircraft dived into the ground shortly after being abandoned by its pilot who had become lost in cloud. He had been part of a formation of Bulldog aircraft from No.3 FTS who were carrying out a cross country flight from RAF Grantham. While over the Leek area Flt Lt Combe had become separated from the rest of the formation. Rather than risk descending through cloud in an area he knew to be hilly he opted instead to abandon his aircraft, he did this from a height of 4,000ft, landing safely close to the village of Onecote. His aircraft crashed on farmland on the opposite side of the village.

Flt Lt Combe was taken to Leek Police station by car, where he reported the accident and contacted Grantham to inform them that he was safe. After this he waited at the Police station for the bus to Derby. The person who had taken him to Leek was a cousin who lived in the Onecote area at the time of the crash.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)

Revision history:

01-Sep-2017 17:26 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Dec-2017 18:08 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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