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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208043
Last updated: 23 August 2019
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Date:23-JAN-1939
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk I
Owner/operator:10 Squadron Royal Air Force (10 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7211
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, approximately 4 miles off Selsey Bill, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.I K7211, 10 Squadron, RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire: Written off (presumed destroyed) 23/01/39 when went missing on a sortie over the English Channel. Aircraft's last reported position was approximately four miles off Selsey Bill, West Sussex. All six crew were also posted as "missing, believed killed":

Pilot Officer Frederick William Miller killed
Pilot Officer Allan Frederick William Miles (aged 21) killed
Sgt Horace Cutts killed
AC Harry Thompson (aged 19) killed
AC1 Ralph Lavery killed
AC1 John Robert Hanley killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (February 2, 1939 page 105 - see link #5):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
With reference to the disappearance on January 23 of an aircraft of No. 10 (Bomber) Squadron, Dishforth, Yorkshire, extensive searches having failed to find the aircraft and its occupants, it must now be accepted that the following personnel lost their lives on that date: P/O Frederick William Miller (pilot), P/O Allan Frederick William Miles, Sgt. Horace Cutts, A/C.1 Harry Thompson, A/C.1 Ralph Lavery, A/C. 1 John Robert Hanley"

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley Air Britain, 1976 page 58)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/heritage/mystery-shrouds-the-fate-of-two-crashed-aircraft-1-7426119
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/miller-frederick.html
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939%20-%200293.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Mar-2018 23:17 Dr. John Smith Added
22-Mar-2018 23:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Mar-2018 23:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
02-Nov-2018 18:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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