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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152250
Last updated: 20 November 2018
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Date:18-JUL-1919
Time:
Type:Airco DH.10 Amiens
Owner/operator:2 AAP Royal Air Force (2 AAP RAF)
Registration: E5557
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off when crashed 18.07.19. When turning at a height of 150 feet, the DH.10 dived into the ground. The accident was ascribed to an error of judgment on the part of the pilot, Captain Richard Claude Cain, DFC. Per the contemporary report in Flight:

"Triple Fatality at Hendon

On July 18 Lieut. R. C. Cain, D.F.C., Corpl. J. Gammie, 1st Aircraftsman H. T. Griffiths, were killed at Hendon. They had started off on a D.H. 10, and when the machine was turning, at a height of 150 ft., it dived to the earth. The accident was ascribed to an error of judgment on the part of the pilot, and the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death.""

The aircraft concerned was E5557 from 2 AAP Hendon. According to the Casualty Card all three crew were killed. There were only four deaths recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for that day, the only one named Griffiths was Thomas Harold (serial number 89597) aged 22 from Erdington, Birmingham. There is a John Alexander Gammie, a Corporal, aged 20 (serial number 62148) whose unit was listed as 2 Anti-Aircraft Park, Hendon. The third crew member was Richard Claude Cain, DFC. The remarks column notes "Machine crashed and caught on fire occupants were burnt to death".

Although the contemporary reports ascribe Cain the rank of Lieutenant, the CWGC report gives him the rank of acting Captain

Sources:

1. http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1919/1919%20-%201051.PDF
2. http://rcafassociation.ca/awards.php?search=1&keyword=&page=17&mem=&type=flyingww1
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airco_DH.10
4. https://www.crossandcockade.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=969&title=lt-richard-claude-cain-kifa-18-07-19
5. http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/images/archive/PC74-41-1093LG.jpg


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jan-2013 13:20 harro Added
16-Dec-2013 01:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2013 01:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Jan-2014 20:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]

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