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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 218596
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:11-MAY-1915
Time:day
Type:Bleriot XI
Owner/operator:HMS Pembroke II, RNAS Eastchurch
Registration: 1540
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thames Estuary off Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Destination airport:RNAS Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Narrative:
11.5.1915: Bleriot XI 1540, RNAS Eastchurch. Written off (destroyed) when crashed in sea off Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Pilot - Flt Sub-Lt Harold James Batchelor (aged 26) - was killed (drowned). According to one source, the pilot was killed when he fell out of the aircraft whilst it was in flight, as he was not wearing a seatbelt

Flight Sub-Lieutenant Batchelor was the third son of Captain Batchelor. Before the war he had served in the Merchant Navy. Sub-Lieutenant Batchelor was unmarried. On November 15, 1914, he was appointed probationary flight sub-lieutenant from the rank of acting sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve at the training station H.M.S. Pembroke III. He earned his aviatorís certificate on December 22, in the short biplane at the Royal Naval Flying School, Eastchurch. Killed in action on May 11, 1915. Name commemorated on panel 13 of the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4003604/batchelor,-harold-james/
3. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1915-05May.htm
4. https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/117509-flight-lt-henry-james-batchelor-rnas/


Revision history:

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26-Nov-2018 17:09 Dr.John Smith Added

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