Republic P-47C Thunderbolt 41-6259 of the 311th Ferrying Squadron, 27th Air Transport Group USAAF, crashed at Sudbury near Ashbourne on the 19th January 1944
|Dennis E. Robinson||2nd Lieutenant||Pilot||Killed|
The aircraft was being ferried, along with a second P-47, from Halesworth in southern England to Maghaberry in Northern Ireland for an overhaul. The weather en-route was poor, with 10/10ths cloud down to about 500 feet in places and rain. The two pilots had attempted to remain below the cloud but eventually 2nd Lt Robinson decided climb through the cloud, however he had very little instrument flying experience. It was thought that shortly after climbing into the clouds 2nd Lt Robinson lost control of the aircraft which dived out of the weather and into a wooded area where it blew up on impact.
The second pilot had also been forced up into the clouds where he lost contact with Robinson, he was able to continue on and landed at Maghaberry.