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Crashed and killed in training: RAF Crail, 1919

Bristol Figher down Sept 1919, a fatal crash, RAF Crail

From First World War

Fig.1 Photograph taken by Flight Cadet John A Wilson MM with his note on the reverse

My grandfather Jack Wilson was having breakfast at the time with this observer with whom he shared a room. 1 in 790 instructor flights led to fatalities in training. A few weeks earlier my grandfather had gone out and the engine failed out at sea. His account if his flight back is thrilling, into shore, onto the headland, narrowly missing a brick wall and landing nose down in a potato field. He lived, some didn’t. Munday and Green were buried in the tiny parish church at Crail.

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