Supermarine Spitfire F.R. Mk.14 NM814 or No.611 (West Lancashire) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force, crash on Coldbergh Edge near Keld in Swaledale on the 3rd July 1948
|Peter Geldart||Flying Officer||Pilot||Injured|
The pilot was flying with two other aircraft that day from 611 Sqn’s home base of Woodvale to Morpeth and back on a cross country navigation exercise. The flight quickly ran into poor weather and two of the three aircraft returned to Woodvale. Flying Officer Geldart continued with the flight but encountered turbulence over the hills and lost control of the aircraft. He baled out of the Spitfire which then dived into the ground leaving a large crater, on landing he sprained one of his ankles but was otherwise uninjured.
Soon after the crash was reported RAF Mountain Rescue teams set out to locate the pilot, they were called from as far away as No.28 MU at Harpur Hill near Buxton. By the time this team arrived the pilot have been located and crash site secured and were ordered to return to base.