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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208498
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:63 Squadron Royal Air Force (63 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9412
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Between Gayton and Great Massingham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Upwood, Huntingdonshire
Destination airport:
Fairey Battle Mk.I K9412, 63 Squadron, RAF Upwood, Huntngdonshire: Written off (destroyed) 24/7/39 when crashed between Gayton and Great Massingham in Norfolk, with the loss of all three crew members, while on a cross-country flight at night. The weather at the time was good, and an enquiry failed to discover the cause of the accident:

Sgt Albert James Shepherd (24) killed
Sgt Aubrey Alan James Sherriff (25) killed
AC2 William Murphy (23) killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (August 3, 1939 page 112 - see link #4):

Sgt. Albert James Shepherd, Sgt. Aubrey Alan James Sherriff and A/C. 2 William Murphy lost their lives in an accident which occurred on July 26 to an aircraft of No. 63 Squadron."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 77)

Revision history:

30-Mar-2018 19:39 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2018 22:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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