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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 207827
Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Date:20-JAN-1938
Time:day
Type:Hawker Osprey Mk IV
Owner/operator:716 Squadron FAA Royal Air Force (716 Sqn FAA RAF)
Registration: K5747
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Helderberg, near Somerset West, Cape Province -   South Africa
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Amphion, off Capetown, South Africa
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Hawker Osprey Mk.IV K5747, 716 (Catapult) Flight, HMS Amphion: Written off (destroyed) 20/1/38 when crashed into a mountain in foggy conditions, Helderberg, near Somerset West, Cape Province, South Africa. Both crew killed:

Flight Lt John Charles Hugh Price (Lt, RN, aged 27 service #PJ 113195)
Able Seaman Leslie Vincent Hammond killed

According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (January 27, 1938 page 94 - see link 3):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS

Lt. John Charles Hugh Price, Royal Navy, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, and Able Seaman Leslie V. Hammond, Royal
Navy, lost their lives in an accident which occurred near Somerset West Cape, South Africa, on January 20, to an aircraft of No. 716 (Catapult) Flight, 6th Cruiser Squadron, South Africa."

NOTE: Some published sources (e.g. link #1) give the crash location at "Wynberg"

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976, page 46)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1938/1938%20-%200260.PDF
4. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1938.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Mar-2018 23:27 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2018 18:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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