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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209891
Last updated: 10 October 2019
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Date:08-NOV-1939
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7225
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Abingdon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Abingdon
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K7225, 97 Squadron, RAF Abingdon: Written off (destroyed) 8/11/39 near RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire. On approach, the pilot did not realize he was too low. The aircraft hit a tree and crashed into a house some 400 metres short of runway. Three crew were killed:

Pilot Officer Ian St. John Beere (Service Number 40334, New Zealander, aged 25) killed
Sgt Arnold Vernon Strong (Service Number 522075, aged 23) killed
AC.2 Ernest Duff (Service Number 552565, aged 18) killed

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 59)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436313/beere,-ian-st.-john/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2716956/strong,-arnold-vernon/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2402148/duff,-ernest/
6. http://www.rafabingdon10otu.co.uk/id3.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Apr-2018 21:10 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Nov-2018 15:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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