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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207709
Last updated: 13 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:226 Squadron Royal Air Force (226 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7589
MSN: F.2347
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pumlunom Cwmbiga, Plynlimon, 8 miles W of Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Harwell, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Harwell, Didcot, Oxfordshire
Fairey Battle Mk.1 K7589, 226 Sqiadron, RAF Harwell: Written off (destroyed) 6/10/38 when crashed on mountain at Plynlimon, Montgomeryshire. The crew were on a cross country flight from Harwell to Bardsey Island and back when they entered poor weather over mid-Wales. To the west of Llanidloes, Pilot Officer MacEwan lost control of the aircraft and it entered a dive which it had not recovered from, when it struck the eastern side of Pumlunom Cwmbiga, an outlier of Plynlimon, 8 miles west of Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire. All three crew killed:

Pilot Officer Alastair Lilburn MacEwen (pilot, aged 23) killed on active service 6/10/1938, buried at St. Andrews Eastern Cemetery, Fife, Scotland
Corporal Frank James (aged 26) killed on active service 6/10/1938, buried at Redcar Cemetery, Redcar, North Yorkshire
AC1 Kenneth Adrian Clark (aged 28) killed on active service 6/10/1938, burial location not known

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (October 13, 1938 page 320 - see link #6)

P/0 Alistair Lilburn MacEwen, Cpl. Frank James and A/C.1 Kenneth Adrian Clark lost their lives in an accident which occurred at Plynlimmon, near Llandidloes, Montgomeryshire, on October 6, to an aircraft of No. 226 (Bomber) Squadron, Harwell. P/O MacEwen was the pilot, and Cpl. James and A/C.1 Clark the other members of the crew"


1. The K File - The RAF of the 1930s (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1995 p.126)
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.126)

Revision history:

16-Mar-2018 20:43 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Mar-2018 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2018 18:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
29-Oct-2020 23:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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