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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220843
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:03-FEB-1917
Time:day
Type:Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
Owner/operator:42 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A71
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hanworth Aerodrome, Hanworth, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex
Destination airport:RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex
Narrative:
3.2.17: Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, A71, 42 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex. Written off (destroyed) when Overbanked, nose dived into the ground and caught fire on impact, Hanworth. Middlesex. Pilot - 2nd Lt Alexander Allan Gray MC (aged 22, formerly with the 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry) - was killed. According to the aircraft accident record card for R.E.8 A71:

"Court of Inquiry 87/9415
19/2/17
Flying accident. Pilot overbanked. Error in flying. It was the opinion of the Court of Inquiry that the accident was caused by the pilot overbanking on second right hand turn, resulting in a side slip and nose diving from a height of 700 feet. Fire caused by impact of machine with the ground"

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/389157/gray,-alexander-allan/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/gray-a.a.g.-alexander-allan
4. https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/1424989
5. https://airwar19141918.wordpress.com/tag/alexander-allan-gray/
6. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205300418


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2019 19:16 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Jan-2019 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Jan-2019 16:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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