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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210537
Last updated: 14 November 2019
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Date:12-JUL-1920
Time:day
Type:Airco DH.9A
Owner/operator:24 Squadron Royal Air Force (24 Sqn RAF)
Registration: F1646
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airco DH.9A F1646, 24 Squadron, RAF Kenley: Written off (destroyed) 12/7/20 when spun into the ground off low-level turn at RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey. On hitting the ground, it caught fire and those present dragged the two men away from the flames, but they had unfortunately already been killed in the fall. Both crew killed:

Flying Officer Victor Oliver Reynolds (pilot, aged 28) killed
AC.2 Percy Braithwaite (aged 19) killed

According to the following extract from the biography of the pilot, F/O Reynolds (see link #3):

"Transferred to Royal Flying Corps on the 22nd February 1918. He was accidentally killed while flying on the 12th July 1920 with A.C.2 Percy Braithwaite at Kenley Aerodrome, Croydon. D.H.9a F1646 took off on a test flight. At about 100 feet, the pilot started to turn, but he applied too much rudder control and the machine swung to the right. At 150 feet the pilot throttled the engine back, and aircraft went into a flat spin and fell between two sheds and burst into flames. The inquest held on 14 July 1920 returned a verdict of 'accidental death'"

Sources:

1. The Aeroplane 21 July 1920
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1925.htm
3. https://www.masonicgreatwarproject.org.uk/legend.php?id=2565
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?16863-RAF-Officer-Deaths-1920


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-May-2018 21:39 Dr. John Smith Added
06-May-2018 21:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Oct-2018 05:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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