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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211045
Last updated: 28 August 2019
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Date:23-MAR-1933
Time:day
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk I
Owner/operator:Cambridge University Air Squadron Royal Air Force (Cambridge University Air Sqn RAF)
Registration: K2540?
C/n / msn: AW.780
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RAF Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk.I, Cambridge University Air Squadron, Duxford: Written off (destroyed) 23/3/33 when lost speed during the initial climb out after take-off and crashed, RAF Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. Pilot - Mr Howard Lecky Somerville Sikes (aged 22) killed

NOTE: Serial K2540 not confirmed as being the aircraft involved. However, its sole military service was with the Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS), and it was Struck off Charge on 17/5/33. K2540 was one of 53 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 103834/31 (as K2514-K2566) to meet Specification 8/31. Delivered September 1931 and July 1932.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 16)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1934.htm
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17674-RAF-Fatalities-1933&styleid=3


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-May-2018 18:10 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Nov-2018 16:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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