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Date:26-MAY-1932
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic hafu model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Fury Mk I
Owner/operator:1 Sqn Royal Air Force (1 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K2064
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Buckingham Park, near Shoreham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Fury Mk.I K2064, 1 Squadron, RAF Tangmere: Written off (destroyed) 26/5/32 in mid air collision with Haker Fury Mk.1 K2036 (also of 1 Squadron, RAF), Buckingham Park, near Shoreham, West Sussex. Collision occurred during formation change. Jackson’s machine caught fire before hitting the ground.

Pilot - Pilot Officer Neville Howard Jackson (aged 20) killed
Flying Officer George James Stewart Chatterton unhurt in Hawker Fury K2036.

According to a contemporary local newspaper report ("Western Times - Friday 27 May 1932):

"R.A.F. 'PLANES COLLIDE in MID-AIR.
Pilot of One Machine Killed.
ANOTHER ESCAPES BY PARACHUTE.
With the noise resembling grinding gears, two 'planes crashed together in mid-air between Steyning and Shoreham, over the Sussex Downland, yesterday. The pilot of one machine escaped by parachute but the other pilot was killed. Ambulances were rushed to the locality from Shoreham immediately the collision had been seen.

NOSE-DIVED TO EARTH.
An eye witness told our special reporter that the two machines had apparently been manoeuvring in the clouds before the accident. "One of them came out of the clouds,"" he said, "and hit the wing of the other. The wing of the second machine came off and fell to the ground, and the 'plane nose-dived to earth. One of the occupants of that machine came down by parachute. The other machine also dived to earth. The collision occurred high in the air, somewhere apparently in the region of the Steyning road, a mile or two over the Downs. Before the crash I heard a noise resembling the crashing gears of a car."

Mr. Alfred Abel, who lives in a bungalow at Shoreham, said he saw two 'planes collide in the air. "I said to my friend, 'My word, there's a big 'plane about. Listen to the noise.' We looked out of the window, and at that very moment we saw two ''planes collide in the air. They seemed to be about half a mile away. After the collision the machines made a spiral dive to the ground."

THE DEAD AIRMAN.
Flying Officer Jackson, whose 'plane crashed on the edge of the road over the Downs, was killed. His parachute was entangled in the wreckage, and he had apparently made attempts to free himself."

Sources:

1. Air-Britain The K File The RAF of the 1930s
2. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=16948
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1934.htm
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17601-RAF-fatalities-1932
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=10883.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Oct-2009 06:54 JINX Added
28-Jun-2011 01:29 ThW Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2011 02:47 Anon. Updated [Source]
26-Jun-2013 19:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Jul-2013 04:52 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
12-May-2018 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 16:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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