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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 120945
Last updated: 15 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Havoc Mk I
Owner/operator:85 Squadron Royal Air Force (85 Sqn RAF)
Registration: BJ500
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wimbish, Essex, about 2 miles from RAF Debden -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Debden, Essex
Destination airport:RAF Ford, Sussex
The Havoc took off from Debden on a flight to Ford. The purpose of the flight was to pick up and ferry another Havoc back to Debden.
Moments after becoming airborne a gun inspection panel became loose and flew back, wrapping itself around the fin.
The aircraft pitched up into a steep climb and stalled, spun and crashed, bursting into flames.
All 3 POB died.

All were fighter pilots who had distinguished themselves in the war, and in particular, the Battle of Britain.
They were :
F/Lt Geoffrey Allard DFC, DFM and Bar.
P/O William Henry Hodgson DFC.
P/O Francis Richard Walker-Smith m.i.d.


RAF Casualties1941, and other.

Revision history:

05-Mar-2011 21:46 angels one five Added
06-Mar-2011 06:37 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
06-Mar-2011 20:54 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 06:35 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 01:13 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
08-Nov-2013 20:58 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2015 02:44 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
17-Jun-2015 20:23 Angel dick one Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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