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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 211826
Last updated: 27 December 2019
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Date:11-NOV-1926
Time:15:45 LT
Type:Airco DH.9A
Owner/operator:207 Squadron Royal Air Force (207 Sqn RAF)
Registration: J7610
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airco DH.9A J7610, 207 Squadron, RAF Eastchurch: Written off (destroyed) 11/11/1926 when crashed shortly after take off and caught fire, RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Aircraft nose dived suddenly into the ground from around 500 feet at about 15:45 just outside the boundary of the Aerodrome having taken off some 10 minutes earlier for a practice flight. On impact machine burst into flames. Both crew killed:

Sgt George Frederick Taylor (pilot, Service Number 315176, aged 23) killed
AC.2 Percy Charles Hinton (Service Number 364039, aged 18) killed

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (November 18, 1926 page

"Royal Air Force Flying Accidents
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce that, as the result of an accident at Eastchurch, Kent, to a D.H.9 A. of No. 207 Squadron, Eastchurch, on November 11, 1926, No. 315176 Sergeant (Pilot) George Frederick Taylor, the pilot of the aircraft, and No. 364039 A.C.2, Percy Charles Hinton, were killed."

Inquest returned a verdict of "Accidental death" with the theory that Sgt. Taylor was looking over the side at another machine and his own lost height. Medical evidence showed that death in each case was instantaneous, the fire which broke out having had nothing to do with the cause of death.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17306-RAF-fatalities-1926
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1926/1926%20-%200848.PDF
4. http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=18184.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jun-2018 22:35 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Nov-2018 08:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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