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Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504K
Owner/operator:Stallard Airways
Registration: G-EAFQ
MSN: E4180
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Penshurst, 4 miles West of Tonbridge, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Penshurst, Kent
Destination airport:Ashford, Kent
Ex-RAF E4180 (former RAF serial used by the CAA documentation in lieu of any official constructors number). First registered 27.06.19 as G-EAFQ to T.I.Rogers, Birmingham. Sold 08.02.21 to Stallard Airways, Herne Bay, Kent.

Written off 26.11.21 when crashed at Penshurst, Kent: Showing off to a crowd often leads to embarrassment, as the pilot of an Avro 504 K G-EAFQ discovered. The aircraft was supposed to be flying from Penshurst to Ashford on the afternoon of 26th November - at the controls was Mr. R.H. Leavy, with a Mr. T. Baden-Powell as passenger. After making a short test flight the pilot took off again with the intention of heading for a temporary aerodrome at Ashford. On climbing to about 600 feet in an easterly direction, Leavy commenced a gradual turn to port until the Avro 504 arrived over a football ground on which a game was in progress. The machine was then banked vertically and the pilot, at 400 feet, waved his arm at the spectators. Unfortunately G-EAFQ fell rapidly into a side-slip and only partially recovered before striking the ground about 200 yards outside the touchline.

The aircraft was fitted with dual controls - the passenger had not, however, interfered with them in any way. The men scrambled from the wreckage, Mr. Leavy having received nothing worse than cuts to the face, and Mr. Baden-Powell was unhurt. Investigators were a bit peeved that no log books had been kept for the machine, and the owners (Stallard Airways) had no records for the life of the machine. In the opinion of the AIB, the accident was due to;

"..the pilot's carelessness in paying more attention to the spectators on the ground than to the conduct of his machine."

Registration G-EAFQ cancelled by the CAA on 01.10.21 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft"


1. Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 2 December 1921
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/3/C47:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Dec-2013 22:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Feb-2020 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source]

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