P-510 Mustang 9555

Date: 10-JUN-1952 Time:   Type:

Silhouette image of generic P51 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different

North American Mustang IV Owner/operator: Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Registration: 9555 C/n / msn: 122-31332 Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 30 mi E of Trenton, ON –

Canada Phase: Unknown Nature: Military Departure airport: RCAF Trenton, ON/FIS   Flying Officer Barry Newman was conducting a high-altitude test in P-51 Mustang #9555.
Three sets of observers at three different locations witnessed the aircraft go into a high-speed vertical dive. At about 2,000 feet it appeared Newman regained some control and abruptly pulled out of the dive. The plane then flipped over and veered right, then lost its starboard wing. Now doomed, it plunged violently into the water, disintegrating just before and on impact. Newman had no time to bail out.
The rescue boat moved in quickly and recovered the wing, an oxygen tank, and some smaller fragments. Grappling later brought up the prop but nothing more. FO Newman’s remains, the fuselage and engine were never found. The Board of Inquiry determined that the probable cause was pilot anoxia due to a mechanical failure of the oxygen system at 20,000 feet.The following statement from another searcher who’s name is close-hold during the ’80s

The aircraft or what was left of it was taken to 6RD[I think it was called].  Could be an ambitious search for body part’s as it kept falling apart and flesh came to the surface! At first, they tried to remove the body using the chute harness…told to leave it in the plane…heard the plane was pulled closer to shore in shallower water..it was in 100′. Not sure if this part was the fact…would make sense I guess. Afterward’s, dragging was carried out, that’s when they found the prop so I was told. Who know’s what all went on back then! Maybe somebody already recovered the engine during the night…

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