South-East History Boards
May 24, 2017, 12:49:26 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
Welcome to the South-East History Boards, covering Kent, Sussex, Hants, IoW and Surrey
 
   Home   Help Forum Guidelines Search Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: Flight Lieutenant Eric Wingham  (Read 834 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Pete
Valued Contributor
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2419


We Wunt Be Druv


WWW
« on: April 19, 2012, 16:18:42 PM »

F/LT E Wingham of Tangmere died when his Meteor crashed nr Oving 9/9/1952, the engine landed in a garden missing a baby asleep in apram. (In total 5 meteors crashed that day, in 4 unrelated incidents killing 2 pilots)
Logged

Sussex Bonfire - a way of life, not just for Nov 5th
blewis15
.
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 8


« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2012, 03:11:14 AM »

That will be this one then...

VZ542   Meteor F8 of RAF Tangmere Station Flight. The pilot was practising aerobatics and had entered a slow roll at 200ft. When inverted the nose dropped, the pilot immediately rolled erect but he could not prevent the aircraft from impacting the ground. The pilot was killed.
      Flight Lieutenant EGE Wingham.
Logged
John
Editor
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 17063



« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2015, 15:59:44 PM »

Portsmouth Evening News - Thursday 11 September 1952

Son Killed in Air Crash.
The pilot of the Meteor which crashed near Tangmere on Tuesday was 29-year-old Flight-Lieut. Eric George Edmund Wingham, second of the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wingham, of Bittles Cottages, Hambledon. He was stationed at R.A.F. Station, Tangmere, and lived at the Officers' Quarters there with his wife, a Portchester girl, and two young children. Before coming to Tangmere less than a year ago he was based at Leuchars, Fife.

The Wingham family came to Hambledon from Amiens in 1940, after fleeing from the advancing Germans. They left France soon after the Dunkirk evacuation on the last boat, sailing from a small port near Bayonne. During the war, Eric Wingham and his elder brother, Harold - now a school teacher in London - both joined Hambledon's Home Guard unit as soon as they were eligible. Later they Joined the R.A.F., and Eric went to South Africa for his flying training.

Mr. Jack Wingham and his French-born wife were on holiday at Lille when they heard the news of their son's death.
Logged

I voted to leave the European Union..
John
Editor
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 17063



« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2016, 17:41:18 PM »

The headstone at St. Andrew's Church, Tangmere.

There are 1 attachment(s) in this post which you cannot view or download
Wingham E.JPG
Logged

I voted to leave the European Union..
alkhamhills
Valued Contributor
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4164


« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2016, 10:18:14 AM »

Eric George Edmond Wingham

Born 19.5.1923 Bailleul,  Hazebrouck, Dept du Nord France. (UK , Foreign & Overseas Register of British Subjects)
Parents John Arthur & Clothilde Emelie Jeanne Marie Mortelecque
Married Maisie Lloyd ¼ March 1946 Gosport

In 1947, with RAF in Malta

Probate. Of 26 Married Quarters RAF Tangmere. Died 9.9.1952 at Oving, Chichester. Admin to Maisie Wingham, widow. Effects £882.
Logged
Craggs
Moderator
*****
Online Online

Posts: 1943



« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2017, 11:11:30 AM »

The inquest ..........

Portsmouth Evening News - Tuesday 16 September 1952

JET PLANE FLEW TOO LOW

INQUEST ON TANGMERE METEOR VIII PILOT.

A Meteor VIII jet fighter from Tangmere which crashed whilst performing aerobatics on Thursday morning, was flying lower than Air Ministry regulations permitted, said a witness at yesterday's inquest.  The jury returned a "Misadventure" verdict on the pilot, Flight Lieut. Eric George Edmund Wingham (29) who was living in the officers' married quarters at Tangmere. 

The officer in charge of his Flight, Flight Lieut. Richard Vere Potts, said Flight Lieut. Wingham was briefed to do low level aerobatics.  "I would say that he was a most experienced pilot. He had given several air displays in various parts of England and was extremely capable".  He saw the Flight Lieutenant roll the aeroplane into its back - "The nose fell a little and he started to roll it right way up.  He had almost got the plane into the proper attitude when he struck the ground" went the witness. "I think he momentarily lost control while flying inverted.  There did not appear to be any failure on the part of the plane.  Recalled at the request of a juryman, he said that the aircraft's height while it was inverted was between 200ft and 300ft.  Air Ministry regulations allowed pilots performing aerobatics of this nature down to 400ft.  "If he had been a little higher it would not have happened" he said.

Alfred Thomas Jupp, a cowman, of Woodhorn, Oving, said that he was watching the aeroplane. "It quivered as it came out of the roll, and then hit the ground", he said.

A post-mortem examination showed that the cause of death was a head injury, said Dr. D.P. King.  He must have died just after the crash.

In his summing up, the Deputy Coroner for Chichester, Dr. L. C. de R. Epps, commented that at a recent inquest a Coroner had remarked on the  large number of jet crashed recently.  Since then, he pointed out, the Air Ministry had stated that the number of crashes to jet aircraft, taking the number of flying hours into consideration, was smaller than that of orthodox aeroplanes.
Logged
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2006-2011, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!