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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206344
Last updated: 24 November 2021
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Date:17-MAY-1930
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic wapi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Wapiti Mk IIA
Owner/operator:11 Squadron Royal Air Force (11 Sqn RAF)
Registration: J9...
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Risalpur -   India
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Risalpur, India
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Westland Wapiti, 11 Squadron, RAF Risalpur: Written off (destroyed) 17.5.30 when crashed landing at base after pilot killed on bombing raid, Risalpur, India. Both crew on board were killed:

Flying Officer Richard William Alexander Stroud (pilot, aged 23, killed at the controls)
AC1 Charles Samuel Wiltshire (air observer, aged 22 did later the same day of injuries sustained)

"The Aeroplane" of 28 May 1930 reported:

"Flying Officer Stroud had been bombing hostile tribesmen and came down to 600 feet so that Aircraftman Wiltshire, his observer, might use the machine gun. While flying at this height Flying Officer Stroud was hit by a bullet which lodged in his neck. He signalled to Wiltshire to take control and then died. Wiltshire, who had no experience of flying, fitted a spare lever in the control column in the back seat, turned the machine and made for the emergency landing ground 45 miles away. He succeeded in reaching his objective, but from lack of experience landed too fast and crashed. He died in hospital the same night. Wiltshire could have jumped with a parachute, but, no doubt thinking that the pilot was still alive, chose the hazardous course of returning to the aerodrome."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
2. http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/Aircraft/History/901-Wapiti.html
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17427-RAF-Fatalities-1930&styleid=3
4. http://www.worldnavalships.com/directory/aircrewprofile.php?AircrewID=11714
5. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/May30.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Feb-2018 19:42 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Feb-2018 18:56 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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