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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209869
Last updated: 10 March 2020
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Date:01-NOV-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:CFS RAF
Registration: N7182
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Puckshipton House, Puckshipton, Beechingstoke, near Marlborough, Wilts -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Upavon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
North American Harvard Mk.I N7182, CFS (Central Flying School), RAF Upavon, Wiltshire: Written off (destroyed) 1/11/39 during night flying. Aircraft hit hill and crashed at Puckshipton House, Puckshipton, Beechingstoke, Marden, near Marlborough, Wiltshire. Both crew killed:

Squadron Leader Michael Arthur Aylmer (Service Number 35045, aged 25) killed
Flying Officer Edward Knowles "Teddy" Rayson (Service Number 70561, aged 35) killed

NOTE: Various published sources give the crash location as "Marden" or "Beechingstoke". The Beechingstoke/Marden confusion seems to be explained by the fact that although Puckshipton House is only a few hundred metres from Marden, its postal address is Puckshipton House, Puckshipton, Beechingstoke.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. UK National Archives, PRO, Kew: Item reference AVIA 5/19 Type: Harvard (N-7182); Location: Marden Near Marlborough; Report No.: W702
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2710458/aylmer,-michael-arthur/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2929578/rayson,-edward-knowles/
6. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/39064155/michael-arthur-aylmer
7. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56201755/edward-knowles_rayson
8. http://www.southafricawargraves.org/search/print.php?id=815
9. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8763-F-O-Edward-Knowles-Rayson


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Apr-2018 14:55 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Nov-2018 21:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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