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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207717
Last updated: 31 August 2019
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Type:Fairey Seal
Owner/operator:7 ATS Royal Air Force (7 ATS RAF)
Registration: K4780
C/n / msn: F.2094
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 2 miles NE of Amble, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Acklington, Northumberland
Destination airport:
Fairey Seal K4780, 7 Armament Training Station, RAF Acklington: Written off (destroyed) 14/11/38 when the pilot lost control in cloud at 6-7,000 ft and spun into the North sea, 2 miles north-east of Amble, Northumberland, killing both crew:

Sgt William Arthur Curl (Service #563765, aged 25) killed
AC1 Joseph Millican (Service #535261, aged 20) killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (November 24, 1938 page 479 - see link #3)

Sgt. William Arthur Curl (pilot) and A/C.1 Joseph Millican are missing and are believed to have lost their lives as the result of an accident off the coast near Alnmouth on November 14, 1938, to an aircraft of No. 7 A.T.S., Acklington, Northumberland"

AC1 Joseph Millican's body was recovered the next day, he was trapped under the tail of the aircraft in 6-7 fathoms of water. Sgt William Curl's body was never recovered. At the subsequent Court of Inquiry held on 17/11/38 the cause of the accident was, in their opinion, failure to recovery from an intentional or unintentional spin before hitting the water.

NOTE: Some published sources - see link #3 - give the crash location as "off Alnmouth, Northumberland". Alnmouth is approximately six miles from Amble, further north along the coast.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 36)

Revision history:

16-Mar-2018 23:46 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Mar-2018 17:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 17:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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