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Date:02-JUN-1916
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic be2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2b
Owner/operator:48 Sqn RFC
Registration: 2180
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RFC Netheravon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Netheravon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
Destination airport:RFC Netheravon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
Narrative:
2.6.16: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2b No. 2180, 48 Squadron, RFC, Netheravon. Written off (destroyed) when Wing broke off in dive, three-quarters of a mile from RFC Netheravon, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. The Pilot - Lt James Russell Chamberlin (Canadian, aged 25) - was killed. According to the following transcript of the Coroners Inquest into the death of Lt James Chamberlin, held on June 9 1916 at Fargo Camp, Netheravon:

"Chamberlin, Lieutenant
June 9th 1916
Netheravon

Dropped 5,000 Feet

Mr F H Trethowan, Coroner for South Wilts, on Saturday held two inquests (see also Prickett, Launcelot) in connection with fatal aeroplane accidents on the Plain.

At Fargo Camp the enquiry concerned the death of Lieutenant Chamberlin, aged 19 years, a native of Toronto, of the Canadian Forces, attached to the 48th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps, stationed at Netheravon. The evidence showed that on Friday he started in a biplane for a height test and flew about three-quarters of a mile across the downs, gradually ascending. Observers saw the machine dropping quickly, and parts of it fluttering, when it was about 4,000 or 5,000 feet in the air. It fell to the ground, and Lieutenant Chamberlin was found to be dead.

He was described as a promising pupil, and had done 22 or 23 hoursí flying, being nearly ready for his pilotís certificate. It was a comparatively new machine, and had been flown just before by another officer, and then examined and found fit for further use. It was stated that the lieutenant may have intended to descend in a spiral, and this possibly strained the machine. The right wing came off in the air, though for what reason it was impossible to say.

It was stated that an exhaustive enquiry into the whole matter was going to be held.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/425800/chamberlin,-james-russell/
3. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/425800
4. http://www.yorkminsterpark.com/downloads/newsletters/YPBC%20News%20E%20Sep.14.pdf
5. https://salisburyinquests.wordpress.com/1916-2/chamberlin-lieutenant/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Dec-2018 16:11 Dr.John Smith Added
08-Dec-2018 16:11 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
09-Dec-2018 21:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2018 10:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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