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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16975
Last updated: 27 July 2020
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Date:22-JUL-1937
Time:day
Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment)
Registration: L5912
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Felixstowe, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Abandoned in irrecoverable spin. The pilot bailed out, over the North Sea, off Felixstowe, Suffolk, but owing to confusion in the two possible rescue vessels, each of which saw the other and turned back, he was not rescued, and drowned. According to the following contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (29/7/37 page 125, see link #3):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
The Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
Flt. Lt. Eric Rolfe Simonds is missing and believed to have been drowned as the result of an accident which occurred off Felixstowe on July 22, to an aircraft of the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Martlesham Heath. Flt. Lt. Simonds was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft"

Flt-Lt Eric Rolfe Simonds (aged 28) RAF killed in a flying accident.
R.I.P.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
2. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=41
3. Flight magazine July 29 1937 page 125 at https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1937/1937%20-%202129.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Mar-2008 23:30 JINX Added
26-Jan-2013 15:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
14-Jul-2013 08:51 JINX Updated [Operator, Source]
19-Oct-2014 17:23 yarbi Updated [Operator, Phase]
20-Apr-2015 00:26 angels one five Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2018 15:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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