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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209703
Last updated: 13 October 2019
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Date:20-SEP-1939
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Harvard Mk 1
Owner/operator:1 FTS Royal Air Force (1 FTS RAF)
Registration: N7197
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
North American Harvard Mk.I N7197, 2 FTS RAF Netheravon: Written off (destroyed) 20/9/39 when crashed at night on take off at RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire. Pilot (flying solo) killed:

Leading Airman Ronald Ernest Heyburn RN (P/JX 136953, aged 22) killed

Official Naval records state that the pilot was attached to HMS Pembroke. This was not a naval vessel: HMS Pembroke was the name given to a shore barracks at Chatham, Kent. It was commissioned in 1878, moved ashore in 1903 and was paid off in 1983. The buildings, designed by Sir Henry Pilkington, now house the Universities at Medway.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2728-Early-RAF-Harvard-losses
4. http://www.ipernity.com/doc/286273/24467979
5. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1939-09SEPT.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Pembroke


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Apr-2018 19:26 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Nov-2018 18:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]

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