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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209742
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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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: P5792
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Collingbourne Kingston, 5 miles NE of Netheravon, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Netheravon, Wiltshire
Narrative:
North American Harvard Mk.I P5792, 1 FTS, RAF Netheravon: Written off (destroyed) 23/9/39 in a mid air collision with Harvard Mk.I P5791, at Collingbourne Kingston, five miles North East of Netheravon, Wiltshire. The pilot (and presumed sole occupant) of Harvard P5792 was killed:

Midshipman (Air) Roger Malcolm Brennen Kettle (pilot, aged 19)

Both crew of Harvard Mk.I P5791 (also of 1 FTS, RAF) were also killed:

Midshipman (Air) John Clutha Casey (New Zealander, aged 21) killed.
AC.1 William Roderick Walter Phillips (aged 21) 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/286273/24467995
7. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21225-UK-Collisions-Late-1939-Early-1940&styleid=3
8. http://www.n5490.org/Pilots/Pilots.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Apr-2018 16:15 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Nov-2018 18:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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