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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209041
Last updated: 24 November 2021
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Time:09:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic wapi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Wapiti V
Owner/operator:5 Sqn Royal Air Force (5 Sqn RAF)
Registration: J9748
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tanai, near Wana, South Waziristan -   Pakistan
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Chaklala, Rawalpindi, Punjab, India
Destination airport:RAF Miramshah, India
Wetland Wapiti, 5 Squadron, RAF Miranshah, India: Written off (destroyed) in a flying accident, Hit telegraph wire ,at Tanai, near Wana, South Waziristan, India. (Now on the Pakistan-Afghanistan board). One of the two crew was killed:

Flying Officer Kenneth Northcote Lees (aged 25) killed
AC1 Frederick Atkinson injured

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (March 18, 1937 page 280 - see link #3)

The Air Ministry regrets to announce that F/O Kenneth Northcote Lees lost his life and A/C. 1 Frederick Atkinson was slightly injured as the result of an accident which occurred at Tanai, near Wana, India, on March 11, to an aircraft of No. 5 (Army Co-operation) Squadron, Chaklala, Rawalpindi, Punjab. F/O Lees was the pilot of the aircraft and A/C.1 Atkinson the passenger."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 6)

Revision history:

09-Apr-2018 21:54 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Apr-2018 00:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2018 00:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
10-Apr-2018 00:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Nov-2018 13:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Jul-2020 13:20 Cobar Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Narrative]
27-Jul-2020 13:21 Cobar Updated [Country]

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