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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20009
Last updated: 17 August 2020
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Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:8 E&RFTS Royal Air Force (8 E&RFTS RAF)
Registration: L6916
C/n / msn: 537
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kidmore End, Sonning Common, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Woodley, nr Reading, Berkshire
Destination airport:RAF Woodley, Berkshire
Miles Magister I L6916, 8 E&RFTS, Woodley Aerodrome, Reading, Berkshire. Written off (destroyed 28.3.38 when dived into ground, Kidmore End, Sonning Comman, Oxfordshire. Pilot LAC Herbert Edward Griffiths (aged 22) killed

Ab Initio Air Gunner pilot with 1 hour 35 mins solo practising medium turns and side slipping seen to descend in steep Left Handed spiral dive from about 1,500 feet. Crashed into ground and pilot killed. One of several similar accidents to RAF aircraft - subsequently corrected by modifications to rear fuselage with the fitting of anti-spin strakes and a higher aspect-ratio rudder.

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (31.3.38 page 322 - see link #3):

"L.A/C. Herbert Edward Griffiths lost his life in an accident at Kidmore End, Oxford, on March 28, to an aircraft of No. 8 Elementary and Reserve F.T.S., Reading."


1. Miles Aircraft - (The early years) 1925-1939 - page 267 - Peter Amos - Air Britain(Historians) Ltd

Revision history:

26-May-2008 00:46 JINX Added
23-Jan-2012 03:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Source]
04-Aug-2013 15:08 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
02-May-2017 14:10 bucko386 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2018 02:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Nov-2018 16:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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