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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205546
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Date:28-JAN-1939
Time:day
Type:Miles M.11A Whitney Straight
Owner/operator:Reading Aero Club
Registration: G-AEVH
C/n / msn: 321
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pilot Hill, Ashmansworth, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Woodley Aerodrome, near Reading, Berkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First registered [C of R 7719] on 2.3.37 as G-AEVH to Captain A.V. Harvey, Woodley Aerodrome, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire. C of A 5813 issued March 1937. Sold on and re-registered [C of R 8485] on 4.5.38 to the Reading Aero Club Ltd., Woodley Aerodrome, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire.

Written off (destroyed) 28.1.39: Crashed in bad visibility into the 268-metre (938 foot) Pilot Hill, near Ashmansworth, Hampshire. The hill is about 7 miles (11 km) southwest of Newbury on the Hampshire/Berkshire border and is part of the north-facing scarp of the North Hampshire Downs. According to a contemporary newspaper report (Northern Whig - Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. 2.2.39):

"Snow Blamed for Poor Visibility.

Snow which obliterated the hills was stated an inquest at Ashmansworth, Hants, yesterday to have caused a private plane to crash on the Hampshire Downs, involving the death the pilot and passenger." Both persons on board were killed:

George Richard Hobbs (pilot, aged 26)
Vernon Claude Morris (passenger, aged 26)

Registration G-AEVH cancelled by the Air Ministry on 29.3.39 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AEVH.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A9.html
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
5. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
6. https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search/irish-newspapers?keywords=ashmansworth&date=1900-01-01&date_offsetdate=1949-12-31
7. Belfast News-Letter - Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland 30.1.39
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_Hill


Revision history:

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02-Feb-2018 23:36 Dr. John Smith Added

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