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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89320
Last updated: 14 January 2022
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Date:08-DEC-1939
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:5/III/3 Aéronautique Militaire Belge
Registration: T-69
MSN: F3258
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eeklo, East Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Evere, Brussels, Belgium
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Captain-pilot Jacques de Caters, (born 2 March 1904 in Bruges) was the commanding officer of 5/III/3 Aéronautique Militaire Belge, had engine trouble during a flight with the Fairey Battle T-69 in the vicinity of Eeklo, East Flanders, and searched for a place to put the aircraft down. However, he touched the tops of two trees on the edge of the road. His Battle slid a little further across the field, hit headlong and caught fire. The pilot could not save himself.

Sources:

1. The Battle File (Sidney Shail. Air Britain, 1997 p113)
2. https://www.luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/fairey-battle-t-69-te-eeklo-jacques-de-caters
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eeklo
4. http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/2018/07/30/the-fairey-battles-of-the-belgian-aeronautique-militaire/
5. https://www.belgian-wings.be/webpages/navigator/Photos/MilltaryPics/interbellum/Fairey-Battle-I/Fairey-Battle-I-frontpage.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jan-2011 13:34 ThW Added
02-Feb-2011 13:57 ThW Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Feb-2011 05:38 Anon. Updated [Registration]
18-Jun-2019 22:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2020 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2020 04:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]

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