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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210656
Last updated: 2 November 2019
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Date:10-FEB-1922
Time:day
Type:DeHavilland DH.14 Okapi
Owner/operator:RAE Farnborough
Registration: J1938
C/n / msn: E44
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dropmore Park, Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:Martlesham Heath, Suffolk
Narrative:
DeHavilland DH.14 Okapi J1938, RAE Farnborough: Written off (destroyed) 10/2/22 when hit tree and crashed into flames, Dropmore Park, Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire. Both crew on board were killed:

Flying Officer Geoffrey Robinson MC (aged 28) killed
John Seymour Mitchell (Civilian Technical officer, aged 28) killed

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (February 16, 1921 page 114 - see link #7):

"Three R.A.F. Fatalities.
...In the second accident, Flying Officer Geoffrey Robinson, M.C, and Mr. J. S. Mitchell, of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, were both killed when their machine came down in flames at Dropmore Park on the 10th. Major J. H. Vickers, B.A.— R.A.F.—who was close by at the time of the accident, made heroic efforts to extract the unfortunate men from the burning wreckage."

Sources:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_DH.14_Okapi#History
2. http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_airco_DH14_okapi.html
3. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1925.htm
4. https://www.baesystems.com/en/heritage/airco-dh14---dh14a
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p000.html
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17098-RAF-fatalities-1922
7. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1922/1922%20-%200114.html
8. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/Accidents/Feb22.html
9. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/HNS19220213.2.26


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-May-2018 21:09 Dr. John Smith Added
08-May-2018 22:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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