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14/08/1944 - Noordyne UC-64 43-5540 & P-47 44-129565

Type Serial No Unit Station Duty Crew Passengers
P-47 44-19565 Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Speke - 0 0
UC-64 43-5540 310th ferrying squadron Warton Ferry Flight 1 7

2nd Lieutenant James R Peele (0-806898) of the 310th ferrying squadron was ferrying seven pilots in UC-64 43-5540 to Speke from Warton to pick up delivery aircraft, upon landing at 19:30 hours which was made in a cross wind of 8 mph, he lost control of the aircraft and it curved to left of the runway continuing in a arc for at least 100 yards, directly into the tail of a P-47 (44-19565). Both aircraft were extensively damaged, luckily there were no injures to personnel.

Lieutenant Peele described the incident in his own words as follows,

" I, 2nd Lieutenant James R Peele (0-806898) cracked up UC-64 5540 at Speke aerodrome on the 14th of August 1944 at 19:30 hours. I was carrying seven fighter pilots to Speke to pick up delivery aircraft. I landed into the east with a wind from the North of around 8 10 mph velocity. Immediately upon landing the aircraft seemed to roll about 10 yards and then started veering off to the left. I applied right rudder and brake with power, attempting to straighten the aircraft. I was not able to straighten the aircraft enough to make another take off, nor was I able to bring the aircraft to a stop after cutting the power. There was a P-47 aircraft about 200 yards to the left, being run up and when I went behind it the prop wash swung me round still more causing me to crash into the tail of the P-47 with my right wing, bringing me to a stop".

An inspection of UC-64 43-5540 was carried out the following day and was found to have the following damage,

 Photograph showing both aircraft

 Photograph showing both aircraft

bulletPropeller blades badly nicked and one blade bent.
bulletCowling on lower right side of engine bent and scratched.
bulletFairing on right shook strut slightly bent
bulletSkin on bottom of fuselage was torn and ripped in several places over an area four feet by eight feet.
bulletBow assembly in bottom of fuselage badly bent.
bulletCross brace on bottom of fuselage frame broken.
bulletRight fuel sight gauge leaking fuel.
bulletWood stringers on bottom of fuselage broken.
 

Crash site today

Crash site today

Position  Name Rank Serial No Age Status
Pilot James R Peele 2nd Lieutenant 0-806898 - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK
Passenger - - - - OK

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