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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172850
Last updated: 17 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:185 Squadron Royal Air Force (185 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4972
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
Battle L4972 was built to contract 540408/36 by Austin Motors at Longbridge, Birmingham, from where it was almost certainly delivered to 9 MU RAF Cosford for acceptance in December 1938. It was issued to 185 Squadron in January 1939.

On 13th March 1939 this aircraft was badly damaged on landing at Thornaby airfield when it was landing downwind in poor visibility. A heavy landing resulted in the undercarriage collapsing and L4972 sustained Cat.W/FA damage as a result of the incident. It was converted into instructional airframe "1441M".
Squadron Leader (27134) Arthur Edward Louks (pilot) RAF - OK

Squadron Leader Louks later returned to Thornaby with 220 Squadron and damaged Anson K8820 here in November 1939. He appears to have survived WWII, and retired from the RAF, attaining the rank of Wing Commander, on 30th December, 1949.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1991)

Revision history:

09-Jan-2015 23:38 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Feb-2015 15:08 Digger Updated [Operator, Location]
10-Jun-2015 07:23 Depak Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Mar-2018 18:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Mar-2018 18:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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