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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210655
Last updated: 5 December 2019
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Date:08-FEB-1922
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504K
Owner/operator:4 Sqn Royal Air Force (4 Sqn RAF)
Registration: H9829
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Farnborough, nr Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro 504K H9829, 4 Squadron, RAF Farnborough: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8/2/22 when hit tree on take-off,
Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire. Of the two crew on board, one was killed, one was injured:

Flt Lt Robert Charles Jenkins MBE MC (aged 26) killed
Flying Officer Allan Hesketh DFC (pilot) injured

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (February 16, 1921 page 114 - see link #4):

"Three R.A.F. Fatalities.
WE have to record three unfortunate accidents which resulted in the death of three R.A.F. officers and a member of the R.A.E. The first occurred on February 8 last, when Lieut. R. J. Jenkins, M.C., R.A.F., was killed through an Avro, piloted by Observer Officer Hesketh, D.F.C.—who escaped with slight injuries—crashing into some trees just as it was leaving the ground at Farnborough."

F/O Hesketh not only survived this crash, but rose through the ranks to become an Air Vice Marshall, before finally retiring from the RAF in 1952 (see link #2)

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1925.htm
2. http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Hesketh.htm
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17098-RAF-fatalities-1922
4. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1922/1922%20-%200114.html
5. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/Accidents/Feb22.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-May-2018 20:47 Dr. John Smith Added
08-May-2018 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-May-2018 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Nov-2018 06:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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