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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153915
 
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Date:19-FEB-1936
Time:03:30
Type:Handley Page Heyford Mk IIA
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K4034
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:200 metres off Sainte Addresse, Le Havre -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
On 19.2.36, Handley Page Heyford IIA K4034, of 97 Squadron, RAF, based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, ditched at night. Crashed into the English Channel, 200 meters off coast at Sainte Addresse, near Le Havre, France, while trying to land, low on fuel, in fog. Only one of the crew of four survived:
Crew:
Sgt Walter Job (RAF) killed, drowned
AC1 Cyril Adolphus Tregannon Bickham (RAF) killed, drowned
AC2 William Watkin (RAF) missing, believed drowned
F/O Robert Humphrey Page (RAF) survived, found, and was rescued

In the early hours of the morning of 18-19.2.36 the pilot transmitted that they were very low on fuel, and that, despite circling the area of Le Havre, trying to land the aircraft, they were forced to ditch into the English Channel. The control tower at Croydon Airport sent out a message at just before 04:00 hours for all vessels in the area to look out for a twin-engine night bomber lost over the Channel. The last message sent by the aircraft was at 03:30 hours in the area of Fecamp.

Sources:

1. http://www.santafe.gov.ar/hemerotecadigital/diario/17367/
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/page-robert-humphrey.html
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?122118-1936-HP-Heyford-Crash-nr-Petersfield&p=1982742#post1982742


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Mar-2013 12:15 Alpine Flight Added
17-Nov-2016 15:39 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Source, Narrative]
20-Feb-2018 18:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]
24-Feb-2022 14:14 Jinx 40 Updated [Operator]
05-Jul-2022 11:13 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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