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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207535
Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Date:21-JUL-1938
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:105 Squadron Royal Air Force (105 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7689
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lasham, near Alton, Basingstoke Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Battle K7689, 105 Squadron, RAF Harwell, Oxfordshire: Written off (destroyed) 21/7/39 when abandoned after control lost, over Lasham, near Alton, Basingstoke, Hampshire, during searchlight co-operation exercise. Pilot baled out, other two crew were killed:

AC.1 Francis Howard Kent RAF (Service Number 517054, aged 18) - killed on active service 21/7/1939
AC.1 Albert William James Robinson RAF (Service Number 550084, aged 26) - killed on active service 21/7/1939
Sgt Albert Joseph Charles Eagles RAF (pilot, Service Number 580040) - bailed out unhurt

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" Magazine (July 28, 1938 page 92 - see link #5):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
No. 517054 A/C.1 Albert William James Robinson and No. 550084 A/C.1 Francis Howard Kent lost their lives in an accident which occurred near Basingstoke on July 21, to an aircraft of No. 105 (Bomber) Squadron, Harwell, Berkshire. A/C Robinson and A/C. Kent formed the crew of the aircraft, the pilot of which, No. 580040 Sgt. Albert Joseph Charles Eagles, was not injured."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 63)
2. Belfast News-Letter - Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland 22 July 1938
3. Ballymena Weekly Telegraph - Ballymena, Antrim, Northern Ireland 30 July 1938
4. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p,129)
5. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
6. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1938/1938%20-%202182.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2018 20:04 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Mar-2018 20:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
16-Oct-2018 19:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
22-Oct-2020 22:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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