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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209006
Last updated: 13 September 2021
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Type:Blackburn Shark Mk II
Owner/operator:821 Squadron FAA Royal Air Force (821 Sqn FAA RAF)
Registration: K5619
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediteranean sea, off Alexandria -   Egypt
Phase: En route
Departure airport:HMS Courageous, off Alexandria, Egypt
Destination airport:
Blackburn Shark II K5619, 821 Squadron, HMS Courageous: Missing on a sortie from HMS Courageous off Alexandria, Egypt. Aircraft was on a navigational exercise, and is presumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, with all three crew posted as missing, later killed:

Flying Officer George Eric Lake (aged 24) killed (Sub-Lt, RN)
Lt Roderick William Macdonald (aged 24) killed
Telegraphist William H Currie killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (February 25, 1937 page 194 - see link #3)

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that an aircraft carrying Sub-Lt. C. E. Lake, Lt. R. W. MacDonald and Telegraphist W. H. Currie, and belonging to No. 821 (Fleet Spotter-Reconnaissance) Squadron has been reported missing over the Mediterranean since the morning of February 15. Sub-Lt. Lake was the pilot, and Lt MacDonald and Telegraphist Currie were the passengers.

Extensive search both from the air and by surface vessels has revealed no trace of the missing aircraft and personnel. It must therefore be presumed, with regret, that the personnel reported as missing have lost their lives."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 45)

Revision history:

09-Apr-2018 00:29 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Oct-2018 13:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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