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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192675
Last updated: 14 September 2019
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Date:09-JAN-1940
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Harvard Mk I
Owner/operator:15 Flying Training School Royal Air Force (15 FTS RAF)
Registration: P5848
C/n / msn: 49-1118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Moray, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Alan John Mathew (Service Number 42250) and Corporal (W/Op/Air gunner - Pilot under training) David Irving (Service Number 526562) were both killed when their Harvard I P5848 of 15 FTS RAF crashed in forced landing at night at Gordon Castle, near Fochabers, Moray

It is notable that the official file on the accident (with photographs) at the National Archives at Kew is now sealed - and thus unavailable to researchers - until January 1 2052 - 112 years (almost to the day) from the date of the accident. (It was originally for 82 years - until January 1 2022 - but was pushed back a further 30 years in 2015). According to the note on the file:
"FOI decision date: 2015
Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party
Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence
Record opening date: 01 January 2052"

Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2066-3-RAF-Casualties-09-01-1940
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/16280.php
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Castle
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2451809/mathew,-alan-john/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2842363/irving,-david/
6. National Archives File Air 81/1781: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16471120


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jan-2017 10:18 Laurent Rizzotti Added
30-Mar-2018 16:48 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn]
06-May-2019 20:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2019 22:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]

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