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Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:13-OCT-1916
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic be2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c
Owner/operator:18 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: 4472
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire
Destination airport:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire
Narrative:
13.10.16: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c 4472, 18 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Montrose. Written off (destroyed) when Lost flying speed and nose dived, RFC Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland. Pilot - 2nd Lt John Sinclair Morison (aged 19) - was killed.

According to the aircraft record card for B.E.2c No. 4472 (see link #3):

"Court of Inquiry 87/8783
21/10/16
Flying accident. Lost flying speed and nose dived. Flying error. It is the opinion of the court that the accident was due to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot"

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (October 19, 1916 page 914 see link #4)

"Casualties
Second Lieutenant JOHN SINCLAIR MORISON, R.F.C., killed whilst flying on October 13 th, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Morison, Talbot Road, Highgate, and a nephew of Sir Maitland Park, editor of the Cape Times. He was born at Woodford Green, Essex, in November, 1896, and was educated at Christ's College, Finchley, whence he matriculated in 1913. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war, and in July, 1915, transferred to the Inns of Court O.T.C.

In June, 1916, he volunteered for service in the R.F.C. Whilst flying on October 13th, his machine nose-dived, and he was killed instantaneously. His younger brother is in the Service."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/327482/morison,-john-sinclair/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/morison-j.s.-john-sinclair
4. Flight magazine (October 19 1916 page 914): https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1916/1916%20-%200918.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
31-Dec-2018 20:43 Dr. John Smith Added
31-Dec-2018 20:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jan-2019 13:03 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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