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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221048
Last updated: 23 January 2020
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Date:12-MAR-1917
Time:day
Type:Airco DH.2
Owner/operator:6 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A2561
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
12.3.17: Airco (DeHavilland) D.H.2 A2561, 6 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick. Written off (destroyed) when wrecked in a forced landing, after propeller lost in flight, RFC Catterick Garrison, Catterick, North Yorkshire. Pilot - 2nd Lt James Ferguson (aged 18) - was killed.

According to the aircraft accident record card for DH.2 A2561:

"Court of Inquiry 87/7954
16/3/17
Flying accident. Breaking of No.4 connecting rod, resulting in other engine damage and the loss of the propeller. Machine completely wrecked".

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (March 22, 1917 page 284):

"Casualties
Second Lieutenant JAMES FERGUSON, R.F.C., who has been killed in a flying accident in Yorkshire on March 12th, was 18 years of age, and was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ferguson, of The Cedars, High Wycombe. Educated at Godstowe School, High Wycombe, and Winchester, he left Winchester before completing his school career in order to take a commission in the R.F.C. some months ago. In his school work he was most successful, and was also known as a fine athlete. The funeral took place at Wycombe Parish Church on March 16th, with full military honours"

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/343893/ferguson,-/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/ferguson-j.-james
4. Flight magazine (March 22 1917 page 284): https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1917/1917%20-%200284.html?search=James%20Ferguson
5. https://www.greatwarforum.org/topic/65007-information-sought-on-rfcrafrnas-officers/?do=findComment&comment=571619
6. http://www.winchestercollegeatwar.com/archive/james-ferguson/
7. http://buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk/casualties/m5168.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Jan-2019 19:03 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Jan-2019 19:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
24-Jan-2019 12:59 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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