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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220968
Last updated: 8 May 2019
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Date:01-MAR-1917
Time:day
Type:Vickers FB.9 Gunbus
Owner/operator:6 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: 5288
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
1.3.17: Vickers F.B.9 Gunbus No.5288, 6 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick. Written off (destroyed) when Stalled and nose dived, RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire. Of the two crew, one - 2nd Lt John Alfred Hare (aged 21, attached from the 10th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment) - was killed; the pilot - Lt Walter Edward Birch - was injured.

According to the aircraft accident record card for Vickers FB.5 Gunbus No.5288 (see link #3):

"Court of Inquiry 87/7954
16/3/17
Flying accident. Pupil pilot taking control of machine, contrary to instructions. Lost flying speed at 100 feet, and nose dived into the ground. Machine completely wrecked."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2828878/hare,-/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/hare-j.a.-john-alfred
4. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/WisbechStAugustine.html
5. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cambridgeshire/Wisbech1914-19.html

Vickers F.B.9 Vickers F.B.9 front quarter view

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jan-2019 21:11 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Jan-2019 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated
22-Jan-2019 19:30 stehlik49 Updated

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