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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210595
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:31-MAR-1921
Time:day
Type:Airco DH.4A
Owner/operator:Biggin Hill SF Royal Air Force (Biggin Hill SF RAF)
Registration: D9383
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent, -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airco DH4 D8393: Written off (destroyed) 31/3/21 when crashed after engine failure on test flight, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent. Both persons on board were killed:

Flying Officer Noel Butler Hemsley MBE (aged 28) killed
Edward Fenton Terry (aged 28) killed

They left Biggin Hill in a DH.4 on a navigation test but at 600 feet the engine cut; pilot dived to restart engine and succeeded, but it failed again and the aircraft hit the ground at Bromley, in the foot of the valley at Biggin Hill. Hemsley appears to have died almost at once; Fenton-Terry died in the evening.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1925.htm
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?16864-RAF-Officer-Deaths-1921
3.
4. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/6854223#timeline


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-May-2018 18:49 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Nov-2018 16:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
05-Nov-2019 22:55 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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