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Date:25-NOV-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:6 FTS Royal Air Force (6 FTS RAF)
Registration: N7134
C/n / msn: 48-883
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Charwelton, 5 miles South of Daventry, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
Narrative:
North American Harvard Mk.I N7134, 6 FTS, RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire: Written off (destroyed) 25/11/39 when wrecked in forced landing at Charwelton, five miles south of Daventry, Norhamptonshire (at approximate co ordinates 52.195N 1.219W). Pilot - Pilot Officer Ronald Dunham-Treble (Service Number 42821, aged 20) - flying solo, was killed when he was on a training flight involving circuit and landings to and from RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Rugby Advertiser", Warwickshire, Friday 1 December 1939):

CORONER COMMENDS HELIDON MAN
A 'PLANE crashed in the Midlands on Saturday morning and burst into flames. The pilot, the sole occupant of the machine, was Killed instantly, and the 'plane was almost completely destroyed.

A brave attempt at rescue was made by- Mr. R. Dennison, farm labourer, who pulled the dead pilot from the blazing machine. Mr. Dennison said he rushed to the 'plane, a parachute fell out, and he then saw the leg of the pilot. He pulled the pilot from the burning wreckage and put out his burning clothes with wet grass.

At the inquest, at which verdict of Accidental death was returned, the Coroner, addressing Mr. Dennison, said, I am sure you did all you could. It was not a very pleasant task, but you did something many others would not have done. Your conduct to be commended."

Note that - probably due to the restrictions of wartime censorship - the pilot killed was not mentioned by name. However, circumstantial evidence points to it being Pilot Officer Ronald Dunham-Treble in Harvard N7134.

Ronald Dunham-Treble was the son of Henry J and Daisy Treble of Bayswater, London W2. He is buried in section B, grave 37, Upper Heyford Cemetery, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2421951/dunham-treble,-ronald/
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charwelton
5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15531474/ronald-dunham-treble
6. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6576915
7. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?21441-P-O-Ronald-DUNHAM-TREBLE-Harvard-I-N7134-25-Nov-1939
8. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1930s.htm
9. http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/upper-heyford-burials-a-to-f.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Apr-2018 20:04 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Nov-2018 18:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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