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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153915
Last updated: 13 November 2019
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Date:19-FEB-1936
Time:03:30 LT
Type:Handley Page Heyford Mk IIA
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K4034
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:200 metres off Sainte Addresse, Le Havre -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 19.2.36, Handley Page Heyford IIA K4034, of 97 Squadron, RAF, based at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, ditched at night. Crashed into the English Channel, 200 meters off coast at Sainte Addresse, near Le Havre, France, while trying to land, low on fuel, in fog. Only one of the crew of four survived:

Sgt Walter Job (aged 34) killed, drowned
AC1 Cyril Adolphus Tregannon Bickham (aged 23) killed, drowned
AC2 William Watkin (aged 24) missing, believed drowned
Flying Officer Robert Humphrey Page, survived, found, and was rescued

In the early hours of the morning of 18-19.2.36 the pilot transmitted that they were very low on fuel, and that, despite circling the area of Le Havre, trying to land the aircraft, they were forced to ditch into the English Channel. The control tower at Croydon Airport sent out a message at just before 04:00 hours for all vessels in the area to look out for a twin-engine night bomber lost over the Channel. The last message sent by the aircraft was at 03:30 hours in the area of Fecamp.

Sources:

1. http://www.santafe.gov.ar/hemerotecadigital/diario/17367/
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/page-robert-humphrey.html
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?122118-1936-HP-Heyford-Crash-nr-Petersfield&p=1982742#post1982742


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Mar-2013 12:15 FLYINGBROTHER1 Added
17-Nov-2016 15:39 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Source, Narrative]
20-Feb-2018 18:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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