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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220526
Last updated: 16 August 2021
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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: A5499
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Montrose, Forfarshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RFC Montrose, Forfarshire
Destination airport:
16.11.16: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c A5499, 18 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Montrose. Written off (destroyed) when crashed onto a house roof and caught fire, Montrose, Forfarshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt William Fowler (aged 29) - was killed. According to the aircraft record card for B.E.2c A5499 (see link #3)

"Court of Inquiry
Flying accident, crashed onto a roof and caught fire."

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (November 23, 1916 page 1023 - see link #4)

"Fatal Accidents.
AT Montrose on November 16th an aeroplane piloted by Lieut. Fowler, Royal Flying Corps, collided with the chimney of a house and remained fast on the roof. The impact caused the petrol tank to catch fire, and before assistance could be rendered the pilot was dead, though whether death was due to burning or to the collision is not known"


4. Flight magazine (November 23 1916 page 1023):

Revision history:

04-Jan-2019 17:45 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jan-2019 13:24 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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