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Time:15:15 LT
Type:Shorts S.27
Owner/operator:Cecil Stanley Grace
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn: S.29
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:LAst seen over English Channel, about 6 miles offshore, near the Goodw -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Calais, France
Destination airport:Dover, Kent
In 1910, a number of early aviators were competing for the Baron de Forest Prize of 4,000 for the longest flight from England into continental Europe. Tom Sopwith was the first to try with a 170-mile flight into Belgium on 17 December 1910. Claude Grahame-White crashed his aircraft before he could make an attempt. Cecil Stanley Grace departed Swingate Downs on 22 December 1910 flying a Short S.27 in an attempt at the prize. The sea was covered in mist, but a telegram was received that Grace had landed due to the strong winds near the village of Les Baraques near Calais.

He eventually made it to Calais, but with strong winds he decided to return to Eastchurch via Dover and attempt a prize flight on another day. After lunch in Calais at about ten past two in the afternoon Grace left Calais to return to England. The journey to Dover was expected to last no longer than 40 minutes, but by 3:30 he had not arrived. An aeroplane had been sighted by the Coastguard from Ramsgate at about 3 o'clock about six miles out to sea near the Goodwin Sands heading north.

For a few days it was hoped that Grace had managed to land somewhere, but on 6 January 1911 a pilot's goggles and cap washed ashore at Mariakerke {west of Ostend, Belgium} were later identified as Grace's. Reportedly his aircraft wreckage was found near the same location. A body resembling Grace's was found in Ostend harbour on 14 March 1911, but it was too badly disfigured to be identifiable. In March 1911 he was formally declared to have died


2. British Airman Missing. Mr. Grace Lost Over The Sea After A Channel Flight.". News. The Times (39463). London. 23 December 1910. col C, p. 8.
3. The Disappearance of Mr. Grace. Discovery of Cap And Spectacles". News. The Times (39475). London. 6 January 1911. col F, p. 8.
4. "The Disappearance of Mr. Grace". News. The Times (39476). London. 17 January 1911. col F, p. 8.
5. "Believe Body is that of Missing Aviator". Salt Lake Tribune. 15 March 1911. Retrieved 3 January 2015 at
6. "Grace's Body Found?; One Much Disfigured, Resembling Lost Aviator, Picked Up at Ostend". The New York Times. 15 March 1911.
7. Evening star., March 15, 1911, Page 11, Image 11 at
8. "Airman's Death in the Goods of Cecil Stanley Grace". Law. The Times (39544). London. 28 March 1911. col E, p. 3.
9. New-York tribune., March 15, 1911, Image 1 at

Short S.27

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