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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204041
Last updated: 1 November 2019
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Date:22-APR-1919
Time:morning
Type:Handley Page O/400
Owner/operator:2 S of AN Royal Air Force (2 S of AN RAF)
Registration: F3748
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Andover, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Andover, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Andover, Hampshire
Narrative:
The Handley Page O/400 of 2 School of Navigation and Bomb Dropping was taking off at night when the aircraft crashed into a building. The aircraft caught fire, killing Five of the Seven crew:

Major Thomas Archibald Batchelor DFC AFC (aged 32) killed
Flt Lt Reginald Arthur Walter Adkins (Retire) (aged 27) killed
Lt Arthur Barlow Whiteside MC (aged 28) killed
Flt Sgt Horace Henry Heales (aged 38) killed
Corporal Edgar George Ward (aged 22) killed
Lt Edward Albert Westall injured
Flt Sgt Herbert William Smith injured

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Cambrian Daily Leader" 22/4/1919):

"BURNED TO DEATH FLYING DISASTER AT ANDOVER,
A serious flying accident occurred at Andover, Hants, on Tuesday morning, to a Handley-Page aeroplane. Several passengers and the pilots were killed.
Press Association.
BURNED TO DEATH.
The Press Association correspondent at Andover says in a later telegram: A shocking flying accident occurred at Wayhill Aerodrome on Tuesday morning, whereby five of the crew of seven of a Handley-Page machine were burned to death, and two others terribly injured. The occupants were not civilians, but belonged to the Army. The machine did not take off satisfactorily, and struck a telegraph pole a few feet from the ground. The under-carriage was carried away, and the petrol tank was immediately enveloped in flames, and the machine soon became a burning mess.

The names of the dead are: Major Batchelor, Capt. Atkins, Lieut, Whit- side, Flight-Sergt. Hills, and Corpl, Ward. The injured were Lieut. Wainecott and Sergt. Smith."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1919.htm
2. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/166642181
3. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205046976
4. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/batchelor-t.a.-thomas-archibald
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=13431.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jan-2018 20:48 ryan Added
16-Jul-2018 22:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2018 22:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]
20-Nov-2018 15:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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