Local Aviation History

Here are two historical accounts relating to Aviation in Haslingfield – submitted by Nigel Perry:

Mustang P-51D crash Sunday 6 August 1944
The P-51D Mustang was from the 339th Fighter Group Fowlmere. It had taken off from Fowlmere at 08.35 hrs on a mission and spun in out of a cloudbase of 700 feet, crashed through hedges bordering Cantelupe Road, roughly 100 yards beyond the footpath at Lesanna Farm at 08.50 hrs. The aircraft exploded in a field right of the road. Wreckage was strewn 400 yards with bullets exploding. 

The pilot 2/Lt Arthur Tongue was thrown out and sadly killed. He is buried in the American War Cemetery at Madingley Plot E Row 4 Grave #73.

Glider flight to Haslingfield Hill
On May 21st 1936 the Cambridge University Gliding Club based at Caxton Gibbett mounted an expedition to Haslingfield Hill where it was hoped soaring might be possible in north and south winds. The Cambridge sailplane and a winch were towed over, and a number of launches made in a strongish north wind. The results were disappointing, the best performance being by Slazenger who was able to maintain height along a straight beat along the northern slopes but lost lift in the turn. However the North slope is the worst of the two, and  it will be interesting to see what can be done in a Southerly wind.
“The Sailplane” October 1936.

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