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Date:30-JAN-1929
Time:11:30 LT
Type:Fairey IIID
Owner/operator:A & GS Royal Air Force (A & GS RAF)
Registration: N9759
C/n / msn: F.623
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Destination airport:RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Narrative:
Fairey IIID N9759, Armament & Gunnery School, Eastchurch: Written off (destroyed) 30/1/1929 when spun into the ground on approach to RAF Eastchurch, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. On Thursday the 31/1/1929, the Times Newspaper reported the deaths of three RAF men who were killed at Eastchurch. The pilot and two mechanics were flying a Fairey 3D that belonged to the Armament and Gunnery School at Eastchurch when it got into a spin when banking steeply at a height of 500 feet, it nose dived to earth. The plane had flown to Leysdown and had completed a wireless reconnaissance before returning to Eastchurch and crashing at 11.30 am

Flying Officer Geoffrey Hugh Conningsby Ingle (pilot, aged 22) killed
LAC Frank Nelson Howick (Service Number 359373, aged 25) killed
AC.2 George Henry Johnson (Service 359819, aged 22) killed

According to contemporary press reports:

"A Fairey aeroplane nosedived from a height of 1,500 feet. and crashed at the Eastchurch aerodrome. Three Royal Air Force officers were killed. Within a few minutes of the crash every available aircraft belonging to the squadron stationed at Eastchurch was sent aloft. It is said that before the last body was extracted from the wreckage 40 machines were circling overhead.

This is in accordance with the Air Ministry ruling, upon the advice of neurologists that airmen are less likely to develop nerves after witnessing a crash, if they immediately fly. Many secondary accidents have been recorded in cases where airmen have been allowed leave of absence after a crash involving themselves or their messmates.

The officers killed are Flying-Officer Geoffry Ingle, and Aircraftsmen G. Johnson and F. Howick. There have now been four deaths in the Royal Air Force this month. Aircraftsman Howick had been married for a fortnight. His wife was awaiting his return to luncheon. He died in her arms".

Sources:

1. The Times, London 31 January 1929
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?17392-RAF-fatalities-1929
4. http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5573.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jun-2018 18:53 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Jul-2019 11:52 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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