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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220827
Last updated: 25 June 2019
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Date:26-JAN-1917
Time:day
Type:Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
Owner/operator:17 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A3173
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon, Surrey
Destination airport:RFC Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon, Surrey
Narrative:
26.1.17: Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 A3173, 17 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon. Written off (destroyed) in a Spinning nose dive shortly after take-off, RFC Beddington Aerodrome, Croydon, Surrey. Pilot - 2nd Lt Henry Norman Sharpe (aged 21 and formerly with the 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment) - was killed. Accoarding to the aircraft accident record card for R.E.8 A3173:

"Court of Inquiry 87/9416
1/2/17
Flying accident. Pilot took off across wind. At 400 feet, the machine developed a spinning nose dive and crashed."

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (February 8 1917 page 140 - see link #4)

"Fatal Accidents
At an inquest on 2nd Lieut. H. N. Sharpe, R.F.C., held on January 30th, it was stated that while flying at a height of about 500 feet, he made a right-hand turn which was flat and in insufficient bank. The result was that the machine spun and then fell straight to the ground, the officer being killed instantly. The wreckage, when examined, disclosed no evidence of the controls being jammed or any defects in the machine. A verdict of "Accidental Death" was returned."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/355943/sharpe,-henry-norman/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/sharpe-h.n.-henry-norman
4. Flight magazine (February 8 1917 page 140): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200140.html?search=Henry%20Norman%20Sharpe
5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/58714456
6. https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/132970-woodgrange-park-cemetery/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-2375456


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2019 00:27 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Jan-2019 00:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Jan-2019 13:01 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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