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Date:24-MAR-1939
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:34 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School Royal Air Force (34 E&RFTS RAF)
Registration: N6454
C/n / msn: 3784
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Benfleet, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Rochford, Southend Airport, Southend, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
DH.82 Tiger Moth N6454, 34 E&RFTS, RAF Rochesford, Southend Airport, Southend, Essex: Written off (destroyed) 24/3/39 in a midair collision with Hawker Audax Mk.1 K8329, (also of 34 E&RFTS) over North Benfleet, Essex. Both crew of the Tiger Moth were killed:

Flight Lt Harold Bertie Robertson (aged 34) killed (RAFO)
Sgt Edward George Dyas (aged 18) killed

Sgt Lawrence Thomas Wilton-Jones unhurt in Audax K8329. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (April 6, 1939 page 352 - see link #4):

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents : -

Flt. Lt. Harold Bertie Robertson and Sgt. Edward George Dyas lost their lives as the result of a collision in the air, which occurred at North Benfleet on March 25 between two aircraft No. 34 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Southend. Sgt. Dyas was the pilot and Flt. Lt. Robertson the occupant of one aircraft, and Sgt L. T. Wilton-Jones the pilot and sole occupant of the other aircraft. Sgt. Wilton-Jones was not injured".

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p037.html
4. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1939/1939%20-%201017.PDF
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Benfleet


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Mar-2018 21:50 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Mar-2018 21:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 15:06 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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