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Narrative:Blackburn Iris III S1263, 209 Squadron, RAF Mount Batten: In January 1930, 209 Squadron was formed at RAF Mount Batten, Plymouth, flying Blackburn Iris Mk.IIIs, at that time the largest flying boats to enter RAF service. A flight of 550 miles via Kent saw the first Iris Mk.III, S1263 named ‘Leda’, arrive at 3.15 pm on 15/1/30.
|Type:||Blackburn R.B.3 Iris Mk III|
|Owner/operator:||209 Squadron Royal Air Force (209 Sqn RAF)|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 9|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Plymouth Sound, off Plymouth, Devon. -
|Departure airport:||RAF Mountbatten, Plymouth, Devon|
|Destination airport:||RAF Mountbatten|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
The second Iris III, S1264 arrived later and both departed for Reykjavik on the 22/6/30 to represent the UK at the Icelandic Parliament Millenary Celebrations. Only S1264 arrived, S1263 ‘Leda’ having suffered fuel contamination, but the return trip by S1264 did represent the first non-stop RAF flight between Iceland and the UK.
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 12/1/33 when sank following collision with dockyard launch after landing in Plymouth Sound, off Plymouth, Devon. Only one of the crew of nine was killed, but seven were injured, and one was unhurt:
L.A/C Alfred Dore Slatter (aged 20) drowned
Squadron Leader John Hugh Oscar Jones (pilot) injured
Corporal Henry Seward Beale Mace injured
L.A/C (Acting Corporal) Frederick Leonard Petch injured
L.A/C Ernest Alfred Fuller injured
L.A/C Francis Joseph Soper injured
AC.1 Norman William Watson injured
AC.1 James Douglas Frederick Williams injured
Sgt John Herbert Claude Saffery unhurt
S1263 was one of two aircraft (S1264 was the other) ordered from The Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co. Ltd, Brough, Yorkshire, to contract 812143/27. Delivered in January and June 1930 respectively.
6. http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/Mount-Batten https://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=ddd:010236635:mpeg21:a0041
Blackburn Iris S1263, 209 Squadron, in 1932:
Porthole (now in my possession) from my grandfather who was AC1 Norman Watson. The insert image was put there by my grandfather, but the whole photograph taken by me in 2014 after I was given it.
||Dr. John Smith
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]|