De Havilland Tiger Moth



Crashed 02:07:42


The aircraft, belonging to 7 Elementary Flying Training School at Desford,

was apparently involved in some unauthorised low flying over Blackbrook Reservoir, near Shepshed.   According to eyewitnesses, the aircraft's undercarriage struck the water, during a low pass.


The pilot was seen to escape the sinking aircraft, but sadly drowned whilst attempting to swim to shore.




R/73494                   Flight  Sergeant                  J  E  RATIGAN     RCAF        (Pilot )                                Aged 25




Flight Sergeant Ratigan was an Instructor at RAF Desford.

He is buried at Ibstock Cemetery.



The aircraft was recovered, and flew again with 19 Group CF,

6 OTU & Aldergrove until it was struck off charge and sold as scrap 20:07:53.



Thanks to Mr John H Collier for the additional information on the aircraft.

T7605 Crash Site
T7605 - a T7605 - c

Blackbrook Reservoir; T7605 came down in here somewhere!

Flight Sergeant John Edward Ratigan's grave at Ibstock Cemetery.