Fairey Swordfish

P4223

751 Naval Air Squadron

Fleet Air Arm

Crashed 25:01:40

 

The aircraft  was on a ferry flight from  RAF Silloth to RNAS Ford, during

which it crashed at Heydon Head, killing the pilot.  The aircraft was missing for a month, and was found by a worker clearing snow from the Holmfirth Road, just over a mile away.

 

 

Crew:

 

Sub Lieutenant     GERALD V. WILLIAMSON,     Pilot    

 

 

In the 1970s, much of the aircraft still remained at the site,  as can be seen in the excellent 'Dark Peak Aircraft Wrecks 1 & 2' by Ron Collier; sadly much of this aircraft, including the engine, has now vanished.

 

The site lies in close proximity to several others;  a  R.C.A.F. Sabre, two RAF Meteors, and across the Holmfirth Road, a U.S.A.A.F. Liberator.

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The remains of P4223 in a gully at Heydon Head.

A view back down the moor towards the Holme Moss T.V. Transmitter.