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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209704
Last updated: 13 October 2019
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Date:23-SEP-1939
Time:day
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: P5791
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Collingbourne Kingston, 5 miles NE of Netheravon, Wiltshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Netheravon
Narrative:
North American Harvard Mk.I P5791, 1 FTS, RAF Netheravon: Written off (destroyed) 23/9/39 in a mid air collision with Harvard Mk.I P5792, at Collingbourne Kingston, five miles North East of Netheravon, Wiltshire. Both crew of Harvard P5791 were killed:

Midshipman (Air) John Clutha Casey (New Zealander, aged 21) killed.
AC.1 William Roderick Walter Phillips (Service Number 534924, aged 21) killed

Midshipman (Air) Roger Malcolm Brennen Kettle (aged 19) pilot of Harvard Mk.I P5792 (also of 1 FTS) was also killed. According to official Naval records (see link #3):

"HMS Pembroke, Service Flying Training School No.1, RAF Netheravon, Wilts, air crash in respective Harvards. Collided with one another. Casey's aircraft caught fire and crashed Collingbourne Kingston, five miles northeast of airfield. Kettle's Harvard crashed five miles northeast of Netheravon airfield.

CASEY, John C, Midshipman (Air), killed
KETTLE, Roger M B, Midshipman (Air), killed"

As stated above, 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. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/search.php?searchid=37761
3. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1939-09SEPT.htm
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?2728-Early-RAF-Harvard-losses
5. http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C130045
6. http://www.ipernity.com/doc/286273/24468017
7. https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/john-clutha-casey
8. https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/john-clutha-casey/163779169
9. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21225-UK-Collisions-Late-1939-Early-1940&styleid=3
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2948503/phillips,-william-roderick-walter/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Apr-2018 19:40 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Apr-2018 19:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Apr-2018 15:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Apr-2018 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2018 17:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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