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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15525
Last updated: 8 July 2020
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Date:25-AUG-1937
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SWOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Swordfish Mk I
Owner/operator:810 Squadron FAA Royal Air Force (810 Sqn FAA RAF)
Registration: L2740
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Curbridge, near Botley, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Gosport, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Swordfish I L2740, 810 Squadron, HMS Courageous: Written off (destroyed) 25/8/37 when involved in a collision with Hawker Hart K6532 of 3 E&RFTS, at Curbridge, near Botley, Hampshire, Both crew of the Swordfish were killed:

Flying Officer Alfred John Whillier (aged 22)
AC1 William Arthur Murray (aged 23)

In addition, the pilot (and sole occupant) of Hawker Hart K6532 was also killed:

Sgt Henry Garnett Jenkins (aged 22)

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (September 2, 1937 page 238 - see link #5)

"FLYING ACCIDENT
The Air Ministry regrets to announce the following flying accident:
F/O Alfred John Whillier, Sgt. Henry Garnett Jenkins (Royal Air Force, Volunteer Reserve), and A/C. 1 William Arthur Murray lost their lives in a collision between two aircraft which occurred at Botley, Hants, on August 25. F/O Whillier was the pilot and A/C. 1 Murray a passenger of one aircraft, and Sgt. Jenkins the pilot of the other aircraft."

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("The Times" 26 August 1937): "One of the occupants jumped with his parachute but landed in the top of a tree and was killed. The other occupant was killed in the machine. The training machine caught fire in the air and fell in pieces."

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?16975-Swordfish-L2740-of-810Sqn-collision-with-Hart-Trainer-K6532-of-3ERFTS-25-08-1937
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1937/1937%20-%202438.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Mar-2008 22:21 JINX Added
23-Jan-2012 03:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase]
22-Jul-2013 04:09 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
02-Aug-2013 14:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2013 14:59 JINX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-Jan-2014 19:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
26-Sep-2015 05:07 Oezil Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Mar-2018 17:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2018 21:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
02-Nov-2018 19:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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