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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207718
Last updated: 15 September 2019
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Date:14-NOV-1938
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Heyford Mk III
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K5194
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Narrative:
Handley Page Heyford Mk.III K5194, 9 Squadron, RAF Scampton: Written off (destroyed) 14/14/38 when undershot runway on landing, collided with trees just beyond the airfield boundary, and burst into flames, at RAF Stradishall, Suffolk. Both crew killed:

Wing Commander Harry Augustus Smith MC (pilot) killed
Pilot Officer Aubrey Ward Jackson (aged 20) killed

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

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
Wing Cdr. Harry Augustus Smith (pilot) and P/O Aubrey Ward Jackson lost their lives in an accident which occurred at Stradishall on November 14 to an aircraft of No. 9 (Bomber) Squadron, Stradishall, Suffolk."

Wing Commander Smith MC qualified as a pilot whilst in the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, and was the first of his rank to be killed since the inception of Bomber Command in July 1936. He had been awarded the Military Cross ‘for gallantry and distinguished service in the field‘ in 1918.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 41
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1938/1938%20-%203317.PDF
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/smith-harry.html
5. https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/raf-stradishall-the-early-years/
6. Grave of Wing Commander Smith: http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4736/38740766374_18f7c8a72a.jpg&imgrefurl=https://aviationtrails.wordpress.com/tag/raf/&docid=KgQLgmnc-WCwOM&tbnid=xNGhQgqlcUUfcM:&vet=1&w=333&h=500&source=sh/x/im


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Mar-2018 00:35 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2018 18:38 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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