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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215964
Last updated: 13 June 2019
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Date:15-OCT-1939
Time:15:05 LT
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk III
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8958
C/n / msn: AWA.1401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Garton on the Wolds, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Whitley K8958 was built to contract 522438/36 by Armstrong Whitworth Ltd at Baginton and was delivered to 102 Squadron at Driffield on 3rd November 1938. It seems to have had an uneventful life until sustaining Cat.W/FA damage On 15th October 1939. The crew of this 102 Squadron aircraft had just taken off from Driffield to undertake a training flight. When flying at 600 feet the starboard elevator trim tab failed causing the aircraft to go into a dive. Despite his best efforts the pilot could not prevent a crash landing.

Control was lost when the undercarriage still locked down, travelling at around 100 mph the pilot did not have time to raise the undercarriage. The aircraft crash landed two miles north of airfield near Garton on the Wolds. The aircraft was badly damaged but all of the crew escaped uninjured but only pilot was named in records

Pilot - Pilot Officer Robert Clare Bisset RAF (Service Number 39778), of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Crew - Names unknown.

K8958 was deemed beyond repair, and struck off charge; it had flown a total of 210.25 hours.

Sources:

1. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york39/k8958.html
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-iv-near-raf-driffield-1-killed
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garton_on_the_Wolds


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Oct-2018 19:37 Dr.John Smith Added
14-Oct-2018 17:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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