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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220470
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Date:08-NOV-1916
Time:day
Type:Airco DH.2
Owner/operator:CFS RFC
Registration: 5982
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Marlborough, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Upavon, Wiltshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
8.11.16: Airco (DeHavilland) D.H.2 No. 5982, Central Flying School, RFC Upavon. Written off (destroyed) when went into a spin, failed to recover and nose dived into the ground near Marlborough, Wiltshire. Pilot - Captain Richard Bentham (aged 21, on attachment from 7th Battalion, Manchester Regiment) - was killed. According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (November 19 1916 page 1002):

"Fatal Accidents
WHILE flying near Marlborough on November 8th Capt. R. Bentham, Manchester Regiment, met with a fatal accident. The machine, when at 2,000 ft., entered a storm cloud, when the engine stopped and the machine turned over and over. Just before reaching the ground the engine restarted, and the machine, righting itself, commenced to climb. The engine stopped again and the machine crashed to the ground. A verdict of " Accidental Death " was returned at the inquest on November 10th"

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/375541/bentham,-richard/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/bentham-r.-richard
4. Flight magazine (November 16 1916 page 1002): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1916/1916%20-%201010.html?search=Richard%20Bentham
5. https://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=8089.0
6. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Lancashire/ManchesterUniversityWW1-B.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2019 02:03 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Jan-2019 02:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2019 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
23-Jan-2019 09:10 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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