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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226598
Last updated: 17 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:35 Squadron Royal Air Force (35 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9473
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goldington, Bedford, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Fairey Battle K9473 (WT-P) was written off (damaged beyond repair) when it crashed at Goldington, Bedford, Bedfordshire whilst being utilised for a Cross Country Exercise on 5th November 1939. Its crew comprised:

Pilot Officer Albert Edgar Wickham (pilot, Service Number 362000)
Sgt James Henshall Ledson (Observer, Service Number 615842)
AC.1 Seymour Robert Edward Hammersley (Wireless Op./Air Gunner, Service Number 581056)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows "P/O A.E. Wickham forced landed Battle K9473 at Goldington. No injuries were sustained by occupants. The forced landing was due to engine failure caused by miscalculation of petrol consumption”

The Air Ministry Form AM1180 shows “Engine Failure; misjudged height for chosen field, landed in next, wheels sank in mud, aircraft went on nose. Aircraft then hit wire fence and hedge, undercarriage collapsed. Aircraft written off. A.E. Wickham injured”

P.4 (Cas) Casualty Branch File. The following casualty report is available at the National Archives: "AIR 81/1627 Pilot Officer A E Wickham, Aircraftman J H Ledson: uninjured; Sergeant S Hammersley: injured; Battle K9473, 35 Squadron; aircraft accident, 5 November 1939".


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 78)
2. the Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 138)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1627:

Revision history:

26-Jun-2019 18:33 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Jun-2019 05:30 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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