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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15638
Last updated: 25 May 2016
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Date:15-DEC-1943
Time:
Type:Hawker Henley III
Owner/operator:RAF 595 Sqn.
Registration: L3336
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
595 Sqn RAF was formed under the command of Sqn Ldr K O Sayers at Aberporth on 1 December 1943 on the disbanding of 1608 and 1609 AAC Flights and 1621 Queen Bee Flight. The Squadron was split into three flights and provided target towing and co-operation to several anti-aircraft practice camps, schools and units in the area. During the first month of the unitís existence they flew for 602 hours ó a fine total bearing in mind the daylight hours available at this time of the year. But the first loss was also suffered.

On 15 December 1943 the Henley III L3336 crashed at Kilgetty, near Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Both crew members, Flt Lt Frank Sidney Davies (pilot) and F/O John Corry Robertson, were unfortunately killed and 5 days later were buried at Saundersfoot Pembrokeshire. They were flying an engine test flight when the Henley turned steeply to right while flying normally straight and level, and spun into the ground. The accident cart conclusions did not rule out the possibility of engine failure to explain the accident.

Sources:
http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/39651-pembrokeshire-crash-victims/
http://www.rafaberporth.org.uk/page5.html
http://www.dyfedarchaeology.org.uk/projects/crashsites2012-13.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker_Henley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilgetty
http://www.maplandia.com/united-kingdom/wales/wales/pembrokeshire-sir-benfro/kilgetty/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Mar-2008 22:58 JINX Added
30-Dec-2008 10:28 Oriel Benfro Updated
17-May-2014 12:29 212.139.45.197 Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Dec-2015 16:00 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
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