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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153147
Last updated: 16 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic both model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Blackburn Botha Mk I
Owner/operator:4 AOS Royal Air Force (4 AOS RAF)
Registration: L6195
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Galdenoch Farm, West Freugh, Wigtownshire, Scotland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF West Freugh, Wigtownshire
Destination airport:RAF West Freugh
Took off at approximately 10.10 hrs in the morning of Tuesday 18th November and during this the Botha crashed at Galdenoch Farm, West Freugh killing all the crew.

The subsequent court of enquiry recorded that the aircraft stalled following loss of power on the starboard engine.

This is described as probably caused by throttle creeping back when the pilot removed his hand to select the undercarriage. The aircraft crashed into trees after a vertical dive.

Pilot: Sgt. Walter Francis Godfrey Hobby 748138 R.A.F.V.R. Age 21. Killed
Obs: L.A.C. Robert Charles Sharp 1166717 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: A.C.1 William Charles Ellis 1263000 R.A.F.V.R. Age 32. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: A.C.2 George William King 1385285 R.A.F.V.R. Age ? Killed
Air/Gnr: L.A.C. Ciaran Anzlony Clarke 1377842 R.A.F.V.R. Age 33. Killed


Aircrew Remembered
RAF Casualties-1941.

Revision history:

08-Feb-2013 01:06 PKM Added
22-Mar-2013 20:43 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2013 05:07 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
22-Nov-2018 08:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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