Imber friendly fire incident

The houses at the training ground at Imber
Six Hawker Hurricanes similar to the aircraft involved.

The Imber friendly fire incident took place on 13 April 1942 at Imber in the English county of Wiltshire during the Second World War.

- Imber friendly fire incident
The houses at the training ground at Imber

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Formation sign of the 47th (London) Infantry Division

47th (London) Infantry Division

Infantry division of the British Army that was formed during the Second World War and remained in the United Kingdom until the end of the war.

Infantry division of the British Army that was formed during the Second World War and remained in the United Kingdom until the end of the war.

Formation sign of the 47th (London) Infantry Division
Men of the division construct a pontoon bridge over the River Thames.
Soldiers at the division's battle school; bomb-damaged houses are being used to provide a realistic training environment for fighting in built-up areas.
Infantry training at the 47th Division School of Battle Drill at Lymington near Southampton, Hampshire, 11 March 1942.
Infantry training at the division's battle school. The troops are seen advancing between the backs of houses along a railway line.

Following his appointment, Templer arranged a demonstration of the effects of fighter-aircraft strafing of ground targets but a pilot error led to 27 spectators being killed and 80 more – including Templer – were wounded in the Imber friendly fire incident.

Aft view of the bridge of after the friendly fire incident of 11 August 1966.

List of friendly fire incidents

Estimated 2% to 20% of all casualties in battle.

Estimated 2% to 20% of all casualties in battle.

Aft view of the bridge of after the friendly fire incident of 11 August 1966.

14 April – RAF fighter pilot fires on the audience during a demonstration of ground attack tactics at Imber training ground, Wiltshire, after mistaking them for dummy targets in mist. 25 killed and 71 wounded.