NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
R.N.Z.A.F DE HAVILLAND DEVON COLLISION
WIGRAM, CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY
THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER 1953
From - The Press - of 04 October 2014 Page C6 - New Housing At Wigram Encroaches On Disaster Site.
Shortly before 4pm on Thursday 15 October 1953, two R.N.Z.A.F. De Havilland Devon short haul transport aircraft collided when preparing to land at Wigram Aerodrome. The planes, NZ1810 and NZ1811 crashed near the intersection of Wigram and Awatere Roads.
The Devon's had been taking part in a 27-plane formation fly past at Harewood airport. The fly-past was the final public event in a week of events after the completion of the London to Christchurch air race.
Those killed were:-
|DUNCAN||Sholto Russell||41||Squadron Leader||Nelson||NZ1811|
|EBBETT||Edwin Pattison Booth||39||Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)||Geraldine||NZ1810|
|KEOGH||Brian James||21||Aircraftman 1st Class||Dunedin||NZ1810|
|MELROSE||Eric||21||Aircraftman 1st Class||Dunedin||NZ1810|
|SHARMAN||William Henry||33||Aircraftman 1st Class||Christchurch||NZ1811|
|WOODCOCK||Russell||20||Aircraftman 2nd Class||Murchison||NZ1811|
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