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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189583
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:17-JAN-1939
Time:day
Type:Miles M.16 Mentor Mk I
Owner/operator:Eastchurch SF Royal Air Force (Eastchurch SF RAF)
Registration: L4414
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tangham Forest, near Butley, 8 miles ESE of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
17.1.39: Miles Mentor I L4414, RAF Eastchurch Station Flight, written off (destroyed) when dived into ground, Tangham Forest, near Butley, 8 miles east-south-east of Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. Of the two persons on board, one - Flying Officer Geoffrey Beavis (aged 22) - was killed, and the other - Air Vice Marshall Henry Meyrick Cave-Browne-Cave CB DSO DFC (pilot) - was injured. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (January 26, 1939, page 87 - see link #7)

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
F/O Geoffrey Beavis lost his life and A.V.-M. Henry Meyrick Cave-Browne-Cave, C.B., D.S.O., D.F.C. (pilot) was seriously injured in an accident which occurred at Butley, Suffolk, on January 17, to an aircraft from the Royal Air Force Station, Eastchurch, Kent".

Sources:

1. http://www.santafe.gov.ar/hemerotecadigital/diario/3853/
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cave-Browne-Cave#Inter-war_years
4. Obituary: Air Vice-Marshal H. M. Cave-Browne-Cave. The Times, Tuesday, Aug 10, 1965; pg. 8; Issue 56396
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Mentor
6. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1930-1939_35.html
7. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1939/1939%20-%200213.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Aug-2016 19:03 TB Added
03-Dec-2017 22:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2017 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 18:05 Nepa Updated [Operator]
22-Mar-2018 22:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2018 17:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 10:38 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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