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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204840
Last updated: 5 January 2021
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Date:21-MAY-1936
Time:day
Type:Mignet HM.14 Pou du Ceil (Flying Flea)
Owner/operator:Sqn/Ldr Charles Robert Davidson MC
Registration: G-AEBS
C/n / msn: C.R.D.1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:RAF Digby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First registered [C of R 6688] on 4.2.36 as G-AEBS to Squadron Leader Charles Robert Davidson, MC [who also built this particular Flying Flea]. No C of A issued.

Written off (destroyed) 21.5.36: Davidson was killed at RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire, when he crashed in the Mignet HM.14 "Flying Flea" aircraft G-AEBS that he had built himself in the air station workshops. The "Flying Flea" was designed as a cheap and simple self-built aircraft for flying enthusiasts, but had a fatal flaw in its design, that could cause the aircraft to go into an uncontrollable dive if the pilot pushed the nose down to prevent a stall. Davidson was the third British pilot to die in a "Flying Flea" crash within a month, and the aircraft was eventually banned in the UK.

Squadron Leader Davidson is buried at the Church of the Holy Cross, Scopwick, Lincolnshire. At the time of the accident, Squadron Leader Davidson was aged 39, and the CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) of 2 FTS, RAF, based at Digby, a position he had held since 15.10.34.

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AEBS.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mignet_HM.14#Accidents_and_incidents
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Davidson_(RAF_officer)#Death
7. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17317274
8. http://raf-lincolnshire.info/digby/digby_crashes.htm
9. http://svensktmodellflyg.se/users/5466/Flying_Flea_(Aeromodeller).pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2018 19:33 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jan-2019 19:28 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Jan-2021 19:55 Sergey L. Updated [Narrative]

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