Lieutenant Jack Taylor next to his damaged P-51A Mustang fighter

Lieutenant Jack Taylor

Fighter pilot Lieutenant Jack Taylor (“Jack”) from the 430th Squadron of the Canadian Royal Air Force (No. 430 Squadron RCAF) poses next to his damaged P-51A Mustang (A-36) fighter at Clifton airfield.

The plane was damaged on February 23, 1944 during an exercise by Canadian troops in the York area, the plane took off for reconnaissance under Jack Taylor. During the flight, the fighter hooked the wires to the power lines near Haxby. As a result, one of the pillars fell onto the Scarborough-York railway, blocking traffic in both directions. 20 yards (about 19 meters) of the broken cable from power lines remained in the wing of the aircraft. The pilot was very lucky, despite the damage received, he managed to land the plane on his Clifton airfield (Royal Air Force Station Clifton). The aircraft was subsequently repaired and transferred to the 168th Squadron of the British Royal Air Force (No. 168 Squadron RAF), decommissioned in December 1944, due to wear.



Location: Clifton, North Yorkshire, UK
Date: February 1944

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