Hawker Hart Mk.I K3864 of No.28 Elementary Flying Training School, crashed near Rushton Spencer on the 23rd May 1939
|Clare Norman Parish||Sergeant||Pilot||Killed|
No.28 EFTS was one of several in the UK prior to the Second World War which was tasked with maintaining the proficiency of the RAF Volunteer Reserve, they were largely part time and operated by civilian flying schools for the RAF. Sgt Parish, from the Adlington area near Macclesfield, was a member of the RAFVR and was carrying out an Air Navigation flight from Meir on the southern edge of Stoke on Trent. He flew upto Ruston Spencer where he then performed some aerobatics consisting of a tight right hand turn and dive. This was for the benefit of the owners of a farm where he had camped while in the scouts. During one of the manoeuvres his aircraft struck a tree and crashed down a wooded hillside destroying the aircraft.
The tree which the aircraft struck was badly damaged, by the 1980s when the site was visited by members of the Macclesfield Historical Aviation Society it had been reduced to a stump several feet high, by early 2012 this stump had fallen over and was lying on the slope below its original position and was entirely covered by mosses and bracken.