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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172848
Last updated: 22 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:106 Squadron Royal Air Force (106 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7563
MSN: F.2321
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Battle K7563 was built to contract 424738/35 by Fairey Aviation at Heaton Chapel, Stockport, as the sixth production Battle from Faireys Stockport factory; it had first flown at Barton in late May 1937 and was delivered to 63 Squadron on 9th June 1937. It suffered a Cat.R/FA accident on 13th October 1938. It was repaired and returned to service, being transferred to 106 Squadron on 10th January 1939 after completion of repairs.

On 8th April 1939 the pilot of this aircraft was returning to Thornaby airfield following a training flight, but when he landed back at Thornaby, he forgot to lower the undercarriage. The aircraft was badly damaged in the resultant belly landing with Cat.W/FA damage recorded. As a result, K7563 was struck off charge with 697.45 hours total flying time.

Pilot - Pilot Officer Alan Claude Dier RAF (40090), of Crowbridge, Sussex - uninjured


1. The K File - The RAF of the 1930s (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1995 p.125)
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 62)
3. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p.125)


Revision history:

09-Jan-2015 23:19 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Jan-2015 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 09:42 Charlie Harper Updated [Operator]
30-Jul-2015 18:46 TB Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Apr-2016 13:53 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
26-Jan-2018 02:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Embed code]
14-Mar-2018 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
27-Oct-2018 20:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-Oct-2020 22:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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