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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210174
Last updated: 20 April 2019
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Date:18-DEC-1939
Time:day
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K7260
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kingston Bagpuize, 6 miles West of Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K7260, 97 Squadron, RAF Abingdon: Written off (destroyed) 18/12/39. The crew was performing a training exercise and left RAF Abingdon in the morning. While cruising at low altitude, aircraft hit a tree and crashed inverted in flames in a field located near Kingston Bagpuize, some 6 miles west of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. All three crew members were killed:

Flying Officer John Gaskell Howard (aged 22, Service Number 39526) killed
Pilot Officer Clair Neil Robinson (aged 19 Service Number 75171) killed
Sgt Albert Coe (aged 23, Service Number 565860) killed

NOTE: At the time of the above accident Kingston Bagpuize was part of Berkshire, until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436437/howard,-john-gaskell/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2436211/robinson,-clair-neil/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2417342/coe,-albert/
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-ii-near-raf-abingdon-3-killed
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingston_Bagpuize
8. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/69006206/john-gaskell-howard
9. http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/RollofHonour.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Apr-2018 00:50 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Nov-2018 15:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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