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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220539
Last updated: 15 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.2d
Owner/operator:53 Sqn RFC
Registration: 5837
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
3.12.16; Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2d No.5837, 53 Squadron, RFC Catterick Garrison. Written off (destroyed) when spun into the ground, at RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire. Both of the two crew - Captain Harold North Steward (pilot, aged 30, on attachment from 6th King Edward's Own Cavalry) and 2nd Lt Maurice Thornely (Observer, aged 19, on attachment from the Northamptonshire Regiment) - were killed

According to the aircraft record card for B.E.2d No.5837 (see link #4)

"Court of Inquiry 87/9095
Flying accident. Vertical bank at 300 feet and spinning nose dive. Engine running at time of crash. The Court of Inquiry is on the opinion that, in making a steep turn, the pilot allowed the nose of the machine to point downwards to such an extent as to put the machine in a spinning nose dive from which it could not recover"


5. Grave of Maurice Thornely:

Revision history:

05-Jan-2019 02:01 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jan-2019 12:47 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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