Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.I AH744 of No.1472 Flight crashed on Red Gill Moss in the North Pennines on the 10th February 1943
|Harry Emmerson Wright||Flying Officer||Pilot||Killed|
The pilot was carrying out local flying practice from RAF Catterick in North Yorkshire, having taken off at 12:55. The aircraft was seen by a Royal Observer Corps post at Barnard Castle flying North West at about 5000 feet at 13:30. Nothing further was seen or heard of the aircraft for the rest of the day. When the aircraft was declared overdue the CO of 1472 Flt and another pilot took off in the unit’s Miles Master to begin a search but had to return to Catterick because of low cloud over the high ground.
The search was continued by 1472 Flt when the weather allowed until the crash site was located on the 13th February by F/Lt Gore and P/O Irwin flying in the Master. It was assumed that the pilot had descended too low and flew into Red Gill Moss just into County Durham between Brough and Baldersdale while in cloud.
The impact scar at the site today suggests that the aircraft was heading in an Easterly direction, possibly in a turn fairly steep turn to port when it hit causing the aircraft to break up over a wide area.