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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219036
Last updated: 27 April 2019
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Date:29-APR-1916
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504A
Owner/operator:RFC School of Instruction
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dorney, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Coley Park Aerodrome near Reading, Berkshire
Destination airport:RFC Coley Park Aerodrome near Reading, Berkshire
Narrative:
29.4.16: Avro 504A?, RFC School of Instruction, Coley Park Aerodrome near Reading. Written off (destroyed) when Nose dived and overturned, Dorney, Buckinghamshire (at approximate coordinates: 51.502N 0.676W). Pilot - Lt Alfred Boag (7th Battalion London Regiment, aged 31) - was killed. According to a contemporary report in Flight magazine (May 11 1916 page 405 - see link #3)

"Fatal Accidents.
AT an inquest at Eton Wick, Bucks, on the 2nd inst, on the body of Lieutenant Alfred Boag, R.F.C., aged 32, who was killed while flying on April 29th, it was stated that the machine was struck by a sudden gust of wind about 100 feet from the ground, and the pilot lost control. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned"

NOTE: The actual aircraft type involved is not referred to in contemporary reports. However It is believed that the main aircraft in use was the Avro 504A, but Martinsyde S1 biplanes and various Farman Longhorns and Shorthorns were also reported at Reading. Therefore, on the basis of probability, it is presumed (but not confirmed) that the aircraft involved was an Avro 504A

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/388221/boag,-alfred/
3. Flight magazine (May 11 1916 page 405): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1916/1916%20-%200405.html?search=Alfred%20Boag
4. http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/php_scripts/bksidget.php?id=8621
5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/135630403/alfred-boag
6. https://www.wingsofwar.org/forums/showthread.php?19689-100-Years-Ago-Today/page27
7. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4079069
8. https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/231881-no1-technical-training-school-reading-1917/
9. http://museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk/html/airfield/reading.htm
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorney


Revision history:

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05-Dec-2018 18:03 Dr.John Smith Added

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