Accident Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0183, Monday 17 April 1989
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Date:Monday 17 April 1989
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:510th TFSqn /81st TFWg USAF
Registration: 80-0183
MSN: A10-0533
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Chatteris, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
According to a statement in the UK Parliament, as recorded in Hansard: "17 April 1989 A USAF A-10A crashed near RAF Alconbury". The A-10A was returning to RAF Bentwaters from range practice at RAF Donna Nook up on the Lincolnshire coast. He was killed when his aircraft crashed into a nearby field. Reports indicated that he stayed with his aircraft to ensure it did not come down on the village, thus saving many innocent lives at the cost of his own.

The aircraft came down at Bank farm, 1 mile south of Benwick near Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, and the pilot (Captain Donald Roberts of Rochester, NY) was killed in the crash. A memorial to Capt Roberts was erected in Benwick by the local Air Training Corps Squadron (1220 Sqn ATC, March, Cambridgeshire),

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171019033444/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/A-10_Thunderbolt_II.htm
2. http://warthogaircraftdatabase.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/fy-1980-aircraft.html
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1980.html
4. http://w.510fs.org/bentwaters-spangdahlem/killed-in-action/item/123-capt-donald-roberts-dedication
5. http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1990/may/24/united-states-aircraft-crashes
6. https://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/186865-memorial-enquiry.html
7. http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/141927-Cambridgeshire-Airfields
8. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1989-04-19/news/8904190169_1_force-pilot-cambridgeshire-benwick

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Sep-2012 07:39 cap one Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country]
08-Oct-2012 08:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
28-May-2013 01:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-May-2013 01:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-May-2013 01:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
14-Nov-2014 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Embed code]
14-Nov-2014 19:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jul-2017 14:23 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
12-Jun-2020 16:01 AlLach Updated [Operator, Operator]

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