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Type:Bristol Bulldog TM
Owner/operator:RAF College Cranwell
Registration: K3928
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Bristol Bulldog Trainer K3928, RAF College, Cranwell: Written off (destroyed) 1/5/34 in a mid air collision with Hawker Hart K3152 (also of the RAF College, Cranwell) near RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire. Both crews killed (two in each aircraft). None of the occupants of either aircraft were wearing parachutes.

Pilot/Instructor: Flight Lt Joseph Seymour Tanner RAF (aged 26) killed.
Flight Cadet John Aickin Plugge RAF (New Zealander, aged 19) killed.

According to a contemporary newspaper report (The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 3 May 1934 Page 9 - see link #4)

Collision in Mid-air.
LONDON, May 1.
A "Bulldog" fighting 'plane piloted by Flight Lieutenant Joseph Seymour Tanner, with Flight Cadet John Aickin Plugge, of Taupiri, New Zealand, as a passenger, collided in mid-air at Cranwell with a Hart Day bombing 'plane piloted by Flying-Officer Dennis John Douthwaite, with Flight Cadet John Askell Rutherfoord as a passenger. All four airmen were killed. The 'planes were engaged in flying training.

Occupants of a lonely farmhouse and a few labourers saw one machine flying south and the other west. They heard a crash like a thunderclap. All the victims were found dead in their 'planes. They had no time to use their parachutes. Labourers had to dodge falling fragments of the 'planes, which made huge holes in the ground. It took four hours to excavate the engines.

This Is the first accident Involving four deaths since February, 1933. It is the sixth fatal accident in the Royal Air Force In 1934, involving in all 11 deaths".

Both crew were buried at Cranwell Parish Church


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 29)
4. The Sydney Morning Herald Thurday 3 May 1934 Page 9 at
7. The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld.) Thursday 3 May 1934 Page 11:
8. Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld.) Thurday 3 May 1934 Page 7:


Taken when my father was undergoing training at Cranwell

Flight Cadet John Aiken Plugge. Unknown date, likely to be a few days or weeks before he was killed.

Revision history:

07-Oct-2009 05:10 JINX Added
31-Dec-2011 10:38 Deepaksji Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2016 05:59 Jetliner Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative, Photo, ]
22-May-2018 21:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2018 21:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-May-2018 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
20-Jun-2018 14:06 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
18-Aug-2018 20:30 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]

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