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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211538
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Type:Felixstowe F.5
Owner/operator:480 Flt Royal Air Force (480 Flt RAF)
Registration: N4039
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Calshot, Calshot Spit, Southampton Water, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Calshot, Calshot Spit, Southampton Water, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Calshot, Calshot Spit, Southampton Water, Hampshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Felixstowe F.5 N4039, 480 Flt, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 16/8/25 when crashed at night and caught fire, RAF Calshot, Calshot Spit, Southampton Water, Hampshire. One of the crew of four was killed:

AC.1 Reginald Frederick Charles Copsey (Service Number 326965, aged 22) killed
Flight Lt Norbert Marie Sackville Russell (pilot) injured
Flying Officer Robert Collins injured
Corporal Herbert Essam (Service Number 103860) injured

Sources state that the pilot landed the flying boat heavily in "glassy calm" waters, and, in effect, flew the Felixstowe F.5 into the sea. Flying Officer R. Sunnucks was commended for his actions in saving the lives of three of the crew.


3. Air Britain: "RAF Aircraft J1 - J9999 & WWI Survivors" (1987)

Revision history:

27-May-2018 19:49 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Nov-2018 17:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-Jan-2021 17:57 Castleace Updated [Source]

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