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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206954
Last updated: 26 September 2019
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Date:20-FEB-1936
Time:day
Type:Avro Tutor Mk I
Owner/operator:RAF College Royal Air Force
Registration: K3201
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Cranwell, Cranwell, Linolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro Tutor Mk.I K3201, RAF College, Cranwell: Written off (destroyed) 20.2.35 when broke up recovering from spin, at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire. Both crew killed:

Squadron Leader Gilbert Henry Martingell AFC (pilot/instructor, aged 39)
AC1 Robert Tomlinson (pupil pilot, aged 18)

According to the official Air Ministry statement - published in "Flight" Magazine (27 February 1936 page 228 - see link #5):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS

Sqn. Ldr. Gilbert Henry Martingell, AFC, Royal Air Force, and A/C. 1 Robert Tomlinson lost their lives in an accident which occurred at Cranwell on February 20, to an aircraft of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell. Sqn. Ldr. Martingell was the pilot and A/C.1 Tomlinson the passenger."

According to the following excerpt from the book "Almost a Boffin: Why He Invented The Cruise Missile" By E.E. Vielle:

"...on February 20, 1936, I learned that [Squadron Leader] Martingell, together with a pupil, Flight Cadet Robert Tomlinson, had been killed in an aircraft crash 15 minutes after taking off from Cranwell in Tutor K3201 - the cause of which was never fully established.

The aircraft appeared to have dived almost vertically into the garden of the Married Quarters of [Squadron leader Martingell's] wife Phyllis. One theory into the cause of the crash was that the pupil pilots parachute had become jammed against the control column, another that the pupil pilot had become 'frozen' at the controls"

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 22)
2. Almost a Boffin: Why He Invented The Cruise Missile By E.E. Vielle
3. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1930s-incident-logs#1935
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1936/1936%20-%200521.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Mar-2018 13:36 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Apr-2018 12:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Mar-2019 13:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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