Blackburn Skua L2892 Ė 02/02/1943
|Blackburn Skua||L2892||No 776 Squadron||Speke||Routine flight||2||-|
On the 2nd February 1943 Blackburn Skua No L2892 of No 776 squadron flown by (A) Anthony John Newton was on a routine flight from RAF Woodvale to Speke when it is believed the aircraft suffered an engine failure struck high ground in bad visibility, bounced over a number of fields, crashed through a wall and plunged into a lodge 60 feet deep at Dunscar near Bolton trapping both crew members.
follows the recovery details of L2892 extracted from No 75 Maintenance Unitís
operational Record Book,
Site inspected for possibilities of salvage. Aircraft located by means of
dragging about 14ft from sheer quarry face. As approach to edge of quarry by
crane was impossible six scaffold poles were obtained and lashed together in
pairs to form a strong type of sheer legs. These were erected on the top edge of
the quarry face and the tops were braced in several different directions
including one long guy to the far side of the quarry.
Naval divers descended and fastened cable onto wreckage and this cable was
passed to the snatch block on the sheer legs approximately 80 yrds away, a stone
wall being partly demolished to enable the hawsers to be fixed, the boggy ground
preventing a closer approach to the quarry face of the crane. Crane proceeded to
drive ahead and the tail portion of the aircraft broke surface but owing to lack
of height of the sheer legs the main portion of the aircraft was still
chain stopper was placed on the wire hawser and fastened to the base of the
telegraph pole, approximately 30 yrds away. A fresh wire was then fastened on
the wreckage at a lower point and passed over a second block fastened to the top
of the shear legs, and then fastened to the crane as previously. The crane then
proceeded ahead thus bringing a further portion of the fuselage clear of the
water and enabling the first body to be recovered from the wreckage. The first
hawser was again fastened and the tail unit was bodily hauled onto the bank and
lashed down. Another search was then made and the pilotís body recovered.
was determined to ease the guy from the far side of the quarry and at the same
time go ahead with the crane, thereby pulling the top of the sheer legs in
towards the bank. When this was accomplished the crane was stopped and the
aircraft wreckage lashed down on the collapsed sheer legs, as these then formed
a rough type of sledge. The crane was directed to proceed, thereby hauling sheer
legs and salvaged aircraft up the bank to level ground in one operation.
of the engine was abandoned, as it was embedded in deep mud, divers being unable
to attach hawsers.
cleared of all scrap, damaged ground and walls inspected by Damage Officer.
Salvage party returned to unit.
The Bristol Perseus engine from L2892 was recovered from a depth of 25 feet by Bolton Sub Aqua Club in 1975, the engine was taken by the RAF to RAF Cardington after being cleaned at the Bolton Institute of Technology, however after the closure of the storage facility at RAF Cardington the engineís whereabouts are currently unknown.
Sub Lieutenant (A) Anthony John Newton's inscription
Sub Lieutenant (A) Anthony John Newton is remembered on the Liverpool (Anfield) Crematorium, Panel 2.
The second crewman as yet remains unidentified.
Crash Site 2001
The quarry at the crash site has now been filled in and become a play area for a new housing development.
|Pilot||Sub Lieutenant (A)||Anthony John Newton||-||20||Killed|
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