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Narrative:De Havilland D.H.10a Amiens IIIA F8423, Aeroplane Experimental Establishment, Martlesham Heath: Written off (destroyed) 10/3/21 when went out of control and spun and crashed on test flight at Gull Farm, Hasketon, Suffolk. Pilot - Flying Officer Harold William Gardner (aged 27) - was killed
|Type:||de Havilland D.H.10a Amiens IIIA|
|Owner/operator:||A&AEE Martlesham Heath (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Martlesham Heath)|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Gull Farm, Hasketon, near Woodbridge, Suffolk -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, Suffolk|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
A little more detail is given by the Casualty Card at the RAF Museum, which confirms the unit as the Aero Experimental Establishment, and the date and time as 10.3.21 at 11hrs. There is a link to a Secret file S.15072, but if we follow a “P.T.O.” in green ink, on the reverse we read: "Purpose of Flight. Practice flight on type of machine new to Pilot."
Finding of Court of Inquiry: "The Aeroplane stalled after coming out of a left handed spin: there not being sufficient height for the Pilot to get control again. There is no evidence to show why the Aeroplane got into a spin."
1. Western Times of Exeter, dated 12.3.1921
2. Framlingham Weekly News, dated 12.3.1921
8. Air Britain: "RAF Aircraft J1 - J9999" (1987)
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Location, Source]|