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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207645
Last updated: 13 July 2020
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Date:15-SEP-1938
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic SWOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Swordfish Mk I
Owner/operator:Floatplane Trg Flt Royal Air Force (Floatplane Trg Flt RAF)
Registration: K8877
C/n / msn: F2649
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Solent Estuary off Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Swordfish Mk.I K8877 floatplane conversion, Floatplane Training Flight, Lee-on-Solent: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 15/9/38 when hit a fishing boat on landing on the Solent Estuary, off Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire. While the crew of Swordfish K8877 were uninjured, the two civilian occupants of the fishing boat were killed:

Thomas Henry Kemp (civilian aged 48) killed
Thomas Bannister (civilian, aged 75) died 17.9.38 (two days later) of injuries sustained
Sub-Lt Douglas Tennant Stewart RN (pupil pilot under training) unhurt
Sgt Clifford Bond (pilot) unhurt

According to a published source (see link #3):

"Swordfish K8877 was at STS Calshot from 25.5.37. To Floatplane Training Flight at Lee-on-Solent 29.7.38. Crashed into fishing smack CS31 while alighting on the Solent on 15.9.38. Crew of Swordfish were Pilot-Sergeant Clifford Bond #590299 (later killed WW2 (on 21/04/1941) as a Warrant Officer with 210 Squadron) and Douglas Tennant Stewart, R.N., who was under flying instruction. The Swordfish was landing when it struck the rigging and sails of a fishing boat de-masting it and causing it to sink, killing 1 member of the crew of the boat (Thomas Henry Kemp (aged 48), of Adelaide Grove, East Cowes) and critically injuring his step-father Thomas Banister (aged 75) who owned the boat. The crew of the fishing boat were rescued by an R.A.F. Tender but Kemp was already dead with head injuries".

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 74)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/airfields/los.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Mar-2018 22:32 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Nov-2018 18:38 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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