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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211287
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Bristol Bulldog IIA
Owner/operator:111 (Treble One) Squadron Royal Air Force (111 (Treble One) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K1685
MSN: 7542
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hall Farm, Hall Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Bristol Bulldog Mk.IIA K1685, 111 Squadron, RAF Hornchurch: Written off (destroyed) 29/12/33 when spun into the ground on approach to RAF Hornchurch. Forty minutes after take off crashed into a potato field at Hall Farm, Hall Lane, Shenfield, near Brentwood, Essex, throwing out the pilot, who was killed. Bulldog K1685 was struck off Squadron strength 12 days later (10/1/34) and is thought likely to have been the aircraft involved in this crash.

Pilot - Flying Officer Ronald Rowley Murphy (New Zealander, Service Number 320514 aged 25) - was killed. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Sunday Times", Perth, WA Sunday 31 Dec 1933 Page 5 - see link #5)

Fate of a New Zealander
LONDON, Saturday.

Flying-officer Ronald Rowley Murphy (22), of Tokamara, Kew Zealand, was killed at Shenfield owing to a crash in a solo fight in a Bulldog aeroplane during manoeuvres from Hornchurch Aerodrome. Forty minutes after starting the machine unaccountably nose-dived into soft earth in a potato field, an explosion catapulting Murphy and, the engine 300 yards into the next field.

The body was unrecognisable and the aeroplane was a tangle of twisted metal containing Murphy's helmet and boots. An eye-witness said Murphy's and another machine were flying together when Murphy's engine began spitting, swooped,'and crashed.

The other pilot, owing to low visibility was apparently unaware of the disaster, and flew back to the aerodrome."


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 9)
5. Sunday Times (Perth, WA Sunday 31 Dec 1933 Page 5) at

Revision history:

21-May-2018 14:59 Dr. John Smith Added
21-May-2018 15:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2018 18:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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