Accident Boulton Paul Balliol T.2 WG113, Wednesday 7 January 1953
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Date:Wednesday 7 January 1953
Type:Boulton Paul Balliol T.2
Owner/operator:7 FTS RAF
Registration: WG113
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Woolfox Lodge, Leicestershire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland
Destination airport:RAF Woolfox Lodge RLG, Leicestershire,
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Boulton Paul Balliol T.Mk.2 WG113: Awaiting Collection 7/11/1952. Delivered to the RAF at 7 FTS, RAF Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland, 10/11/1952 coded "D-P".

Written off (destroyed) 7/1/53: While attempting to land at RAF Woolfox Lodge RLG (Relief Landing Ground), in Leicestershire. The aircraft approached the airfield too high but with reduced engine power. When the power was re- applied, along with aileron and rudder trim changes, to initiate an overshoot, the port wing droppped, and the aircraft stalled and crashed. The pilot - PIlot Officer A R Fraser - escaped uninjured. The pilot was a student pilot on his second solo flight in a Balliol

The subsequent RAF Board of Inquiry into the incident concluded that the primary cause of the crash was a "torque stall", with the secondary cause being the pilots relative inexperience on flying the Balliol, which meant that he was not able to correct the "torque stall" quickly enough. When too much power was applied too quickly, the aircraft's propellor could not absorb the power increase, causing the aircraft to begin to revolve around the propellor's axis

Not repaired: Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(s) 22/1/1953 at 58 MU RAF Sutton Bridge, and authorised to be reduced to spares and produce


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.139 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 327
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 73)
4. The Boulton Paul Balliol: The Last Merlin-Powered Aircraft By Alec Brew
5. 7 FTS ORB (Operational Record Book)(Air Ministry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1/1/1951 to 31/12/1955: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/2154 at

Revision history:

07-Jun-2008 14:54 JINX Added
19-Jun-2013 18:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
08-Jan-2020 01:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 10:17 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
09-Apr-2021 18:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 18:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
09-Apr-2021 20:09 ABBA Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
18-Apr-2021 14:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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