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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206873
Last updated: 26 January 2021
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Type:Miles Magister Mk I
Owner/operator:19 ERFTS Royal Air Force (19 ERFTS RAF)
Registration: L8214
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Gatwick, Lowfield Heath, Horley, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Gatwick, Horley, Surrey
Destination airport:
Miles Magister I L8214, 19 ERFTS, RAF Gatwick, Lowfield Heath, Horley, Surrey: Written off (destroyed) 30.8.39 when spun out of control and crashed at Lowfield Heath, Horley, Surrey. Both crew killed:

Flight Sgt Thomas Richard Watkin Owens (aged 30)
Mr Roger John Gillingham (aged 21)

Roger John Gillingham is buried in Horley New Churchyard, Horley, Surrey, not far from Gatwick Airport. According to the inscription on his gravestone he was from Fairlie, New Zealand and was 'Killed in training 30 August 1939'.

Although no rank is shown the inscription gives 'R.A.F.' after his name.

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (September 7, 1939 page 228 - see link #3)

THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following flying accidents:
Flt. Sgt. Thomas Richard Watkin Owens and Mr. Roger John Gillingham lost their lives in an accident which occurred at Horley on August 30 to an aircraft of No. 19 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School"


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain. 1983)

Revision history:

28-Feb-2018 23:56 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Feb-2018 23:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Apr-2018 23:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 15:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
26-Jan-2021 20:19 Richard Updated [Narrative]

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