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Date:20-JAN-1939
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft B.17R
Owner/operator:Aero Industries Ltd
Registration: G-ADLE
C/n / msn: 50
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Isle of Lolland, Region Sjælland (Region Zealand) -   Denmark
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex
Destination airport:Isle of Laaland, Denmark
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 6035) on 16.8.35 as G-ADLE to Captain Harold Lister Farquhar, 1st Secretary at the British Legation, Mexico City; he had traded in Beechcraft B.17R XB-AIZ (c/n 10) for this aircraft. G-ADLE was painted blue overall with white trim and red markings outlined in silver.

From 17.7.35 displayed (for 9 days) at All-American Aircraft Show, Detroit, Michigan flown by Fritz Bieler & Walter Beech. Export Cert. E.1518 issued 22.7.35. US C of A ATC-579 valid until 26.9.40 issued 16.8.35. Left Mexico City 16.8.35 when the British C of A was issued. On 22.8.35 at College Point, Long Island/North Beach Airport (New York) fitted with Edo 39-4000 removable sea floats, mounted with landing gear retracted. SB17R modifications to 8 hours endurance, still-air range 960 miles with floats, or 1,250 miles without floats

On 26.8.35 departure from North Beach Airport (New York). On 19.9.35 conversion at Harbin, Manchuria, Japan with assistance of a Japanese Air Force crew. On 29.10.35 arrived at Heston, London, after making longest recorded flight of a Beechcraft B.17, "round the world" from Mexico to London, England, via Canada, Russia, China, India and the Middle East, 21,332 miles (34,131 km) in 152.53 hours, averaging 138.2 mph (221 km/h). Pilot Harold Lister Farquhar was accompanied by Fritz Bieler (former WWI German pilot, living in Mexico).

Delivered in June 1936 to S.L. Grove-Spiro, Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey. Later to Bowmaker Ltd., Croydon (still based at Croydon Airport). Sold on and re-registered 19.7.37 to Anthony George Anson Fisher, London W.1 (aircraft still based at Croydon). On 28.8.37 noted at Amsterdam-Schiphol during “de Nederlandse Rondvlucht 1937″, pilot Frank den Bos. Damaged 23.9.37 lowering problems with the gear, landed gear-up at Twenthe, Netherlands, pilot Frank den Bos

On 22.12.37 damaged in a landing accident into a cabbage field at East Farleigh, Kent; after repairs, seized by Authorities due to an intended sale to Spain. Substantially damaged 20.1.39: landing accident again into a cabbage field, now on the Island of Lolland, Region Sjælland (Region Zealand) Denmark at approximate Coordinates 54°46′10″N 11°25′28″E.

Repaired; Registration lapsed 22.6.39. Sold on and re-registered (C of R 7967/2) 30.6.39 to Aero Industries Ltd., London W.1. Per the Air Ministry records, aircraft based Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex. However G-ADLE was actually based at Haaren (Brussels), Belgium

On 26.9.40 registration G-ADLE lapsed, most probably after destruction in Belgium by enemy action (the invading German military forces). Rumours that G-ADLE was used in Spanish Civil War probably not correct, as war ended already in 1939. Registration G-ADLE finally cancelled post-war (on 1.12.46) after Air Ministry census into the continued existence (or not) of all pre-war UK registered aircraft

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADLE.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A7.html
4. http://beech17.net/?page_id=2188


Revision history:

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10-Jan-2018 01:38 Dr. John Smith Added

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